Deri urges Gantz to cancel submarine probe, says he ‘crossed red line’

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri urged Benny Gantz to cancel the inquiry committee into the so-called submarine affair.

“The defense minister crossed a red line due to political considerations,” Deri says.

The committee, Deri argues, will transform the sacred cow of the Israeli military “into part of election campaigning.”

He says it is now the “hour of truth” for the coalition. “In light of recent conduct I am doubtful there is justification for this partnership to continue,” he says.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri in the Knesset building, on March 3, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)