Ex-defense minister says 'corrupt' Israeli PM should quit

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Posted: Jul 13, 2017 2:10 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former defense minister says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "corrupt" and should resign over a possible conflict of interest related to the purchase of German submarines.

Moshe Yaalon, an outspoken critic of Netanyahu's government, told Channel 10 TV on Thursday that as defense minister he was sidelined from the deal, which went ahead after Netanyahu replaced him last year.

David Shimron, Netanyahu's cousin and personal attorney, has been questioned by police following revelations he represented the German firm involved in the $1.5 billion deal. Both Netanyahu and Shimron have denied any wrongdoing.

Israel has ordered six submarines from Germany over the past two decades, with the final one set for delivery in 2018. The allegations concern a deal to purchase three more to replace aging vessels.