Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to a statement from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, which refuted the premier’s account regarding his approval of a German sale of submarines to Egypt, that Berlin had already sold to Israel.
“The attorney general confirms that he accepts the fact that the issue of submarines for Egypt is a sensitive security issue and nothing more,” a statement from Netanyahu said. “He also confirms the fact that the prime minister offered at the time to update him on the confidential details, but the attorney general saw no need.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with the attorney general tonight and invited him to a meeting, together with the national security adviser, in which he will update him on the remaining confidential details,” according to Netanyahu’s office.
Mandelblit said earlier this evening that Netanyahu offered to divulge confidential information about the sale of German submarines to Egypt, but the revelation was ruled unnecessary and no such intelligence was ultimately shared.
The statement from Mandeblit contradicted Netanyahu’s account on Saturday, when the prime minister told Channel 12 that the attorney general and his staff were apprised of the sensitive information on Berlin’s sale of the weaponry to Egypt.