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Police investigation to focus on gas field ships, not submarines – report

Channel 2 television news reports the police investigation into a possible conflict of interest and corruption case linked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his personal attorney David Shimron will focus not on the purchase of three Dolphin submarines from Germany, but instead on a separate 2014 Defense Ministry tender for naval ships to protect Israel’s Mediterranean natural gas fields.

Netanyahu is not a direct target of the probe, which is looking into evidence that may implicate Shimron in a conflict of interest as he allegedly represented both the prime minister and the ship suppliers. But Netanyahu’s own preference for the purchase of the ships urged by Shimron will be examined during the probe.

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