Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, leader of the party of retired IDF generals that lumped together on the Blue and White list, and defense minister in the current Israeli coalition government, who came in second in the Israeli elections, on April 9, 2019.
His party won 35 seats, and this success posed a major challenge to the rule of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving leader in Israel, and nicknamed “King “Bibi.” The last thing was that he signed with Gantz on a national emergency government on the pretext of the Corona pandemic, which includes 36 ministerial portfolios for a period of three years, the presidency of which will be in rotation between them, with Netanyahu being first and he will continue as prime minister for a year and a half. However, this government did not last long because of Netanyahu’s intransigence in approving the state budget, which Gantz interpreted as evading Netanyahu for rotation As a result, this government was overthrown and new elections were held, and the wind did not bring us to Gantz’s desire. His party disintegrated and gained only 6 seats, which led to the formation of a coalition of right-wing, center-left and Arab forces to get rid of Netanyahu. Indeed, this alliance succeeded and led to Netanyahu’s exclusion. about judgment.
Now Gantz wants to take revenge on Netanyahu and end his political life forever by imprisoning him. That is why Gantz agreed with Gideon Sa’ar to initiate a discussion and start working for teams from their ministries, to examine Gantz’s proposal to form an official investigation committee into the submarine and naval issue, in which Netanyahu is involved, which will be It has in-depth and unconditional scrutiny powers. The submarine issue began when former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided, unilaterally and without consulting the then Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, to purchase new submarines made by the German shipyard “Thyssenkrupp.”
Revenge of Netanyahu
The position of the security apparatus during the deliberations on the matter was that there is no military need for other submarines and that the five submarines are satisfied, in order to save billions of shekels, and the annual cost of maintenance of submarines at 85 million euros. Despite that, Netanyahu pushed for the deal to be carried out.
The Israeli police investigated the submarine deal and military naval vessels, and the Public Prosecution filed indictments against former officials in Netanyahu’s office, which revealed that they had reaped financial profits from the deal.
But the police, as well as Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, determined that Netanyahu was not involved in the case. However, this did not convince Gantz and sees it as his chance to take revenge on Netanyahu and take him to prison, especially since the latter is accused in three corruption cases, the first bearing the number 4000, in which he is accused of offering compliments through regulatory channels about $500 million, to the Israeli company Bezeq, and he asked in exchange for Those services provide positive coverage for himself and his wife Sarah, on a news website, in which Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
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And the second case bears the number 1000, in which Netanyahu faces charges of fraud and breach of trust, on the grounds that he and his wife Sarah unjustly obtained gifts worth about 700,000 shekels, from film producer Arnon Milchan.
The third case bears the number 2000, in which Netanyahu is accused of negotiating a deal with Arnon Mozes, owner of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, in order to improve his news coverage.
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