On 23 January 2022, the Israeli Government announced the establishment of a state commission of inquiry on “the submarine affair” (suspected corruption and bribery pertaining to a $2-billion procurement deal with the German shipbuilding company Thyssenkrupp) and the attendant conduct of the political echelon under then-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Zulat welcomes the establishment of the commission, but seeks to overturn the decision concerning the publicity of its deliberations. The government decided that the commission would hold its deliberations behind closed doors, even though the law stipulates that the meetings of inquiry commissions must be open to the public. We seek to reverse this decision and allow the public to access all the hearings, except in special cases when certain details need to remain confidential.
Based on this opinion paper, MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) demanded an urgent meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.