By Ayhan Simsek
BERLIN  
Berlin has approved the sale of three more high-tech submarines to Israel, boosting the size of the country’s nuclear-capable submarine fleet to nine, Der Spiegel has reported.
The newsweekly said Germany’s Federal Security Council greenlighted the €1.5-billion deal at a closed meeting on Wednesday, and that Berlin would subsidize a third of the costs.
Berlin issued no official statement on the matter, as the council’s decisions are confidential.
Since 1998, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has produced five advanced Dolphin-class submarines for Israel, with a sixth now under construction at the company’s shipyards in Kiel.
The advanced submarines are capable of carrying missiles tipped with nuclear warheads. 
Corruption claims
The recent approval came despite an ongoing investigation in Israel of corruption claims surrounding a huge 2014 arms deal.
It was revealed last year that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer David Shimron also worked as an advisor for the Israeli representative of ThyssenKrupp.
Netanyahu was …
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