The German government has postponed the signing ceremony of the Protocol of intent for the purchase by Israel three submarines, which were to be held next week.
According to the newspaper «Yediot Ahronot», the Israeli Ambassador to Germany Yaakov Hadas has received notification that the signing of agreement postponed indefinitely in connection with the proceeding in Israel to investigate suspicions of corruption.
It should be noted that one of the provisions of the agreement on the deal allows Germany to sever it unilaterally if it is proved that its conclusion was the result of corruption and bribes.
Submarines are one-third the cost of which is financed by the German government, was to replace the three submarines of the previous generation at the end of their life.
On the eve of one of the defendants in the so-called «case of 3000» Miki Ganor, who participated in the transaction on submarines as a mediator, agreed to become a state witness telling the police important information on the transaction.
The second channel ITV announced that the testimony Ganora do not relate to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and connected with the former Deputy head of the national security Council, Auriele Bar-Yosef, the former commander of the Navy rear Admiral Eliezer «Kettle» Marom and several other former senior officers and employees of the Ministry of defense.
In the framework of the «case of 3000» is being investigated on suspicion of corruption in Israel submarines from the German Corporation ThyssenKrupp.
Recall that in January of this year, the office of the head of the government has published a chronological list of «military-political events» relating to the acquisition of vessels in Germany.
In the message of office of Netanyahu said: «Contrary to statements that have appeared in the media, four warships were purchased in accordance with the recommendations of the naval forces and the Ministry of defence. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers acted in accordance with the recommendations of experts».
This statement was accompanied by the following list of events:
«24/04/2013 – the Commander of the Navy recommends to accelerate the purchase of ships in Germany.
11/09/2013 – the General Director of the Ministry of defence instructs employees of his Department that in the case that it will be possible to reach agreement with Germany, there is no need to tender.
11/11/2013 this – the General Director of the Ministry of defense reiterates the benefits of purchases in Germany, based on time frame, cost and availability of funds.
November 2013 – the Cabinet of Ministers takes the decision to procure the vehicles, giving preference to the Treaty with Germany.
06/05/2014 – the Germans refuse to provide a discount.
21/07/2014 – the Ministry of defence announces the international tender for the purchase of vessels. In parallel, contacts with the Germans.
17/08/2014 – In the light of progress in the negotiations, the General Director of the foreign requests to freeze the tender.
21/08/2014 – Germany says Finance Minister Lapid at a discount of 27.5%.
23/08/2014 – Chancellor Merkel confirmed to the Prime Minister a discount.
Between 20/09/2014 – Navy asked to stop the tender and to expedite the signing of a Memorandum of understanding.
21/09/2014 – the General Director of the Ministry of defence asks to stop the tender in the light of developments.
27/10/2014 – the Minister of defence decides to stop the tender.
December 2014 – the Signing of a Memorandum of understanding for the purchase of ships between Israel and Germany».
All of the above events have documentary evidence, said the office of the Prime Minister.
Note that in November last year, shortly after the Israeli government approved the purchase of three new submarines from Germany for 1.2 billion euros, the headquarters of the national security released the chronology of taking decisions about the purchase of submarines. Then it was about the events 2015-2016:
Presented by the staff of the document covers the period from October 2015 to October 2016.
«12.10.15. The authorized representative of the Ministry of defense handed over to the chief of staff of the national security in preparation for the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu in Germany the document which has been detailed in the requirements for the purchase of three submarines. New submarines intended to replace the existing submarines. From the document: “The proposal and the request To sign a framework agreement for the provision of three more submarines”.
21.10.15. Prime Minister Netanyahu chief of staff of the national security Yossi Cohen flew to Germany. At a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel raising the issue about the possible purchase of three submarines and received a positive response.
14.11.15. Prime Minister Netanyahu informed members of the military-political Cabinet, including defense Minister ya’alon, meeting with Chancellor of Germany and its response to the request.
7.2.16. Ahead of the meeting of the Prime Minister with the German Chancellor in Berlin, the acting chief of Staff, national security Jacob Nagel passed to the General Director of the Ministry of defense and the military Secretary of the Ministry a draft Memorandum of intent between Israel and Germany, and asked them to Express their opinion.
9.2.16. The General Director of the Ministry of defense Dan Harel gave a basic positive response regarding the purchase of submarines in future, but asked me to keep a flexible schedule. A few days later the headquarters of the national security held a working meeting with employees of the Ministry of defence to amend the draft Memorandum of intent, in accordance with the wishes of the defense Ministry. After discussion and adjustments were formulated the final version of the draft Memorandum, for transmission to Germany.
16.2.16. Prime Minister Netanyahu presented to Chancellor Merkel the draft Memorandum of intentions in the framework of the intergovernmental meeting (GPG) in Berlin.
18.2.16. The acting chief of Staff, national security Jacob Nagel, in writing, informed the Minister of defence and Director General of the Ministry of defence on the meeting of Prime Minister with the German Chancellor. In this letter it was reported the agreement of the parties to start negotiations on the draft Memorandum of intent for the procurement of three submarines, in accordance with the criteria defined by the Ministry of defense. The headquarters of the national security held a working inter-Ministerial meeting with employees of the Ministry of defense, IDF, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of foreign Affairs.
30.6.16. The inter-Ministerial delegation headed by the acting chief of staff of the national security Yaakov Nagel, composed of senior representatives of the defense Ministry and the IDF, flew to Germany to begin negotiations on a Memorandum of intent.
5.10.16. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and acting chief of Staff, national security Jacob Nagel informed the military-political Cabinet on the progress of negotiations on the acquisition of submarines.
26.10.16: the results of the negotiations with Germany was submitted to Cabinet and the project was unanimously approved.»
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