Benny Gantz, the Israeli Defense Minister and leader of the Blue and White alliance, called for a new probe into Tel Aviv's acquisition of submarines from Germany, in a case in which former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing corruption accusations.
The case, dubbed Case 3000, concerns suspicions of bribery in Israel's multibillion-shekel purchase of navy vessels from German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp, including submarines and ships, according to the Times of Israel.
The issue also covers Germany's sale to Egypt of two Dolphin-class submarines and two anti-submarine destroyers, which was reportedly approved by Netanyahu without consultation or approval.
According to Israel's Channel 12, Gantz's new proposal is outside the boundaries of the coalition government's agreements, according to Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked.
While Gideon Sa'ar, the Justice Minister and chairman of the right-wing New Hope party, has criticized Gantz, according to Channel 13, "the hurry and absence of regular meetings is inappropriate."
Four political scandals have engulfed Netanyahu: The Prime Minister and his wife are accused of accepting unlawful gifts from businesspeople in Case 1000. Case 2000, in which Netanyahu is accused of seeking to buy favorable press publicity ;case number 3000.
Case 4000, in which a close associate of Netanyahu is suspected of providing confidential information to Israel's largest telecoms company; and the "submarine scandal," in which Israel purchased naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly "skimmed" off the top of the deals for personal profit; and the "submarine scandal," in which Israel purchased naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly "skimmed" off the top of the deals.