Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and the new cabinet secretary, Tzachi Braverman (L), arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on November 20, 2016. AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday tried to downplay a brewing scandal over the purchase of German submarines, saying his only consideration in ordering the deal was fortifying the country's security. Netanyahu's comments came amid calls for an inquiry after it was revealed that his personal attorney, David Shimron, had represented the German company building the submarines. Israel has ordered six submarines from Germany over the past two decades, with the final one scheduled to be delivered in 2018 . Israel recently decided to purchase three new ones to replace its older submarines.Netanyahu says he was only made aware of this in recent days.
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