Lawmaker urges probe into Iran’s ties to builder of Israeli subs

reported involvement of Iran in a company that makes Israel’s top secret navy submarines demands a thorough investigation into the issue that has roiled Israeli politics in recent weeks, Knesset member Ofer Shelah from the opposition Yesh Atid party said Saturday.

The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed on Friday that a company belonging to the Iranian government owns 4.5 percent of the German shipbuilding firm ThyssenKrupp, which builds the submarines and provides other services to the Israel Navy.

The revelations of Iranian involvement in the firm that Israel buys its submarines from only strengthens the need to thoroughly investigate this affair,” said Shelah, who sits on the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The news about Iranian ownership is just the latest episode in a scandal that saw Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit last week order the police to look into the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer, David Shimron. Shimron is alleged to have used his close relationship with the premier to push Israel to purchase several submarines from ThyssenKrupp, award the company a contract for naval vessels to defend Israel’s gas fields, and allow it to build a shipyard in Israel. Shimron was a representative of the company in Israel.