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High Court rejects petitions for inquiry into ‘Submarine Affair’

A man rides in a mock submarine during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, on October 14, 2020. (AP/Oded Balilty)
A man rides in a mock submarine during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, on October 14, 2020. (AP/Oded Balilty)

The High Court rules against three petitions that demanded the establishment of a state commission of inquiry into the “Submarine Affair.”

The justices noted, however, that there was “improper and worrying conduct” in the case that deserves a further investigation, but stopped short of ordering a government inquiry.

The submarine affair, also known as Case 3000, revolves around allegations of a massive bribery scheme in Israel’s multi-billion-shekel purchase of naval vessels from German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp, allegedly approved by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu without consulting or notifying then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Last week, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar agreed to hold discussions on the potential of setting up a state inquiry into the affair, something Gantz has pushed for despite opposition within the government.

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