Netanyahu: Opponents Pushing ‘Contrived Slander’ About Submarine Deal

A file picture taken on January 12, 2016 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering a speech during a ceremony for the arrival of the German-made INS Rahav, the fifth Israeli Navy submarine, at the Israeli military port of Haifa. Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the …
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called allegations of impropriety on his part in Israel’s submarine deals with Germany “contrived slander.” “I didn’t get a shekel from the submarine deal,” the premier told local authority leaders in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

“This was checked extensively by the prosecution and the attorney general,” Netanyahu added. “They stated unequivocally that I am not suspected of anything.” According to a Channel 13 news report last week, the State Comptroller’s Office has discovered that Netanyahu was once a shareholder in a company that supplies German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp, which has built submarines for Israel.

Netanyahu added that accusations by the Blue and White party that he has been implicated in “the greatest security-related corruption case in the history of the State of Israel” was due to “panic” on the part of party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid.

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