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After Merkel’s visit, Israel still waiting on submarine deal (Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor)

The so-called “submarine affair,” considered the most serious case of suspected corruption in Israeli history, has been dogging defense agencies, politicians and public discourse since it broke out in 2016. The case involves three advanced Dolphin-class submarines that Israel seeks to acquire from Germany to add to its fleet of six similar subs. These vessels reportedly constitute an insurance policy of sorts against a potential Iranian nuclear attack, armed as they are with nuclear ballistic missiles that can be launched from a great distance at sea. Such an option would provide Israel with an offshore second-strike capability and ensure its dominance in terms of nuclear deterrence.

After Merkel’s visit, Israel still waiting on submarine deal – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East