Police Recommend Charging Netanyahu Confidant, PM’s Former Bureau Chief and Ex-navy Generals for Bribery

Israel Police said on Thursday that it has found sufficient evidence to charge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer and confidant, David Shimron, with mediating bribery.

Police also recommended charging Netanyahu’s former bureau chief, David Sharan, former navy chief, Eliezer Marom, and two other ex-navy generals on similar bribery counts in the so-called submarine affair, also known as Case 3000.

Police said evidence was insufficient to charge Netanyahu’s other attorney, Issac Molho.

The so-called submarine affair revolves around alleged corruption surrounding a $2 billion deal to purchase submarines and other naval vessels from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp. 

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Netanyahu himself was first questioned in the affair in June. "The prime minister gave testimony in Case 3000, the submarines case, for the first time. He is not a suspect," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said at the time.

Shimron, who is also Netanayhu’s personal lawyer, represented the German ship builder in Israel. Molho, who is Shimron’s law firm partner and Netanyahu’s diplomatic envoy, allegedly acted to advance Israel’s purchase of the vessels while on official diplomatic missions for the prime minister. He served as special envoy twice, first from 1996 to 1999 and then again beginning in 2009.

The Shimron, Molho, Persky law firm also provided legal services to the prime minister’s Likud party and to Netanyahu’s wife Sara.