Germany has postponed the signing of the deal several times ever since corruption allegations emerged against the deal’s negotiators who are close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The changes it now made to the deal allows it a quick getaway in case the probe escalates into criminal charges.
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The German government has approved a deal to sell Israel three Dolphin-class submarines, after it went through several changes, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
According to Ronen Bergman, some of the changes made to the deal would allow Germany to easily pull out of it in case of troublesome developments in the probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The deal, which will cost about €2 billion, has been criticized by several officials in the Israeli security establishment, most notably former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
German media outlets reported two weeks ago that Israeli government had been pressuring Chancellor Angela Merkel to approve the deal.