Former IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed Sunday's publication of a state Comptroller report on the "Harpaz Affair," saying he is pleased that
after over two years of investigations and hundreds of witnesses the serious
charges against him were dismissed by the report.
In a statement, Ashkenazi claimed that the report determined
that "there was no putsch by the Chief of Staff or his associates against the
political establishment," and hailed the report for clearing him of
involvement in the process of Yoav Galant's appointment and the subsequent cancellation of
Ashkenazi also said he “regrets the criticism being directed at [his former aide Erez] Viner, a principled
and distinguished officer who devoted years of his life to the service of the
state of Israel, who was required to carry out his job as aide to the Chief of
Staff during a time of difficult and murky relations with the Defense Ministry.”
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