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Submarine probe committee member steps down over perceived conflict of interest

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A member of a government committee investigating the irregular purchase process of German submarines and corvettes by Israel stepped down on Friday, days ahead of the scheduled first hearing into the affair.

The so-called submarine affair, previously investigated by police and state prosecutors, has resulted in indictments against several close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-ranking military officials, but not the premier himself.

Earlier this week Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the formation of a committee in the ministry to probe the case internally.

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A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry said Friday that Yael Grill had decided to step down from the panel to avoid any possible concerns of conflict of interest.

Grill headed the ministry’s Economic Department while the purchase was being debated in 2012-2014. However, it has been clarified that she was not personally involved in any of the procurements in question.

Grill will be replaced on the committee by Israela Friedman, who has held a number of positions in procurement in the........

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