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Opposition lawmakers outraged after vote to probe Netanyahu cancelled

October 21, 2020

A vote to establish a parliamentary probe into the so-called ‘Submarine Affair’ had originally passed 25-23

Controversy erupted in Jerusalem on Wednesday after opposition lawmakers decried a decision by the Speaker of Israel Parliament (Knesset) to cancel a vote establishing a parliamentary probe into the prime minister’s alleged involvement in the so-called “Submarine Affair.”

The Knesset plenum earlier in the day voted 25 to 23 to investigate Benjamin Netanyahu’s links to a high-profile corruption probe called “Case 3000,” which allegedly involves close associates of the premier taking bribes as part of a massive graft scheme in the purchase of naval vessels from German shipbuilder Thysennkrupp. 

But Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin (Likud) immediately canceled the vote, arguing that procedural rules had been flouted and that several Likud lawmakers did not vote because coalition chairman Miki Zohar had asked for a roll-call vote, according to The Jerusalem Post.Oren Ben Hakoon/POOLIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem on August 24, 2020.

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