State prosecutors announced charges Thursday against former defense officials and associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including his cousin who was his former lawyer, in a major graft case involving alleged corruption in the purchase of naval vessels.
Case 3000, as it is known, centers on a possible conflict of interest surrounding the multi-billion-shekel procurement of military boats and submarines from German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp in 2016. Prosecutors allege Israeli officials were bribed to push a massive deal for the vessels worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The case has been described by some as the biggest graft scandal in Israel’s history.
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