Alleged forger of ‘Galant Document’ left IDF under cloud

'Departure came after a document he wrote to then-chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon and contained classified information was leaked.'

November 12, 2010 03:17
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Boaz Harpaz

Harpaz 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

Boaz Harpaz, the former Military Intelligence officer who allegedly forged the so-called “Galant Document,” was ousted from the IDF under dubious circumstances, according to a number of investigative reports that will appear in Hebrew newspapers on Friday.

According to Haaretz, Harpaz, who began his military career in 1988, served in his final post as a lieutenant-colonel and deputy commander of a top-secret unit in Military Intelligence.

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His departure from the IDF came after a document that he wrote to then-chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon and contained classified information was leaked, according to Haaretz.

Harpaz, the report claimed, was the prime suspect in the leak.

Nevertheless, according to the report, the IDF bent over backwards to ensure that Harpaz received preferred treatment when retiring from the military and was even offered a year off to study at the expense of the army.

Last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi were questioned by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.

The police have already completed a criminal investigation of the affair and concluded that the Galant Document was forged by Harpaz. Last month, the police handed the investigation material over to the state prosecution with a recommendation to indict Harpaz.

Lindenstrauss is expected to probe the forgery itself, as well as the possible involvement of members of Ashkenazi’s senior staff and the relationship between Harpaz, Ashkenazi and the latter’s wife, Ronit, who was reportedly in contact with Harpaz in the months leading up to the discovery of the forged document.

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