Mossad chief, ex-PM, ex-DM, other top officials to testify in Case 3000

Written by on May 10, 2021

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, former prime minister Ehud Barak, former defense minister Moshe Yaalon and other top officials will be called to testify in Case 3000, the “Submarine Affair.”

The state finally filed its indictments in the case mixing bribery and national security on Monday after years of probes.

From the defense ministry, former director-general and IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Dan Harel, former intelligence official and IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad and legal adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari will all testify for the prosecution.

Former national security council chiefs Yaakov Amidror and Uzi Arad will be called as prosecution witnesses, though Amidror, along with former NSC chief Jacob Nagel, has been among the biggest defenders of the submarine deals in question.

Amidror and Nagel have especially defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is not listed as a witness or a defendant, but was questioned as a fact witness in the investigation.

By contrast, Barak, Yaalon and other top defense officials have accused Netanyahu of criminal involvement in the case. Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has nevertheless dismissed any criminal suspicions against the prime minister, although Mandelblit has criticized Netanyahu’s conduct and said it warranted a state commission of inquiry to examine beyond criminal and legal issues at appropriate decision-making.

Although Mandelblit previously hampered an attempt by Defense Minister Benny Gantz to move forward on such an inquiry, with the final indictments now submitted, such an inquiry could now proceed.

Other top prosecution witnesses are expected to include: former navy chiefs Ram Rothberg and Eliezer Marom (who was a suspect during much of the probe but has not been charged), former air force chief and current Defense Ministry Director-General Amir Eshel, minister Yuval Steinitz, PMO legal adviser Shlomit Banea-Fargo and former cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser.

All these witnesses will be called in addition to top defendants which include two senior former Netanyahu aides, a former minister, a former IDF general, two former aides to Steinitz and another former senior IDF official.

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