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Government said set to vote on state inquiry into murky submarine deal

18 4 10

The government will reportedly soon vote on the establishment of a state commission of inquiry into the so-called “submarine affair,” a murky deal between Israel and a German shipbuilder for naval vessels that has already resulted in multiple indictments.

Channel 12 reported Friday that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar have agreed to move ahead with the vote, possibly as soon as the coming week. Israeli daily Ha’aretz said the vote may take place sometime “this month” with Bennett still undecided on his vote.

Both news networks reported that the vote will be brought to the government after an agreement is finalized with Germany to purchase Dolphin-type submarines, a deal Bennett had signaled to former German chancellor Angela Merkel that he was hoping to advance. The deal is expected to close soon, according to Channel 12.

In October 2018, Germany approved a memorandum of understanding with Israel for the construction of three Dolphin-type submarines to be added to Israel’s fleet of six submarines, after the purchase stalled during an Israeli investigation into alleged corruption and bribes to seal the deal.

Reports at the time indicated that the agreement included a clause according to which the deal would not advance further while the corruption........

© The Times of Israel

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