Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi tried to obstruct the
Harpaz investigation, according to Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz in two interviews
he gave over the weekend with Channel 1 and Yediot Aharonot.
that days after an investigation into the Harpaz Affair began, Ashkenazi called
him and told him to play down their connection and the frequency of their
The claim is unable to be verified because unlike calls from
Ashkenazi’s office telephone, of which all were recorded, Harpaz said this call
was from the house telephone of a friend of Ashkenazi’s wife, Ronit, and not
Harpaz also said that Ashkenazi, in contradiction to his
statements to police, encouraged an individual to provide documents to the State
Comptroller which eventually torpedoed the chances of Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav
Galant’s candidacy to succeed Ashkenazi.
The Harpaz Affair involves
allegations of Harpaz forging a document to undermine Galant’s candidacy for IDF
chief of staff as part of a general behind-the-scenes political war between
Ashkenazi and then-defense minister Ehud Barak.
Ashkenazi’s spokesman had
no comment by press time. But Harpaz himself has changed his story multiple
times and few commentators are ready to take anything he says at face value. The
State Comptroller found many of his statements to be untrue.
questioned by police, Harpaz denied that he had forged the “Harpaz Document,”
but later admitted to forging it. But eventually, he returned to his original
denial that he had forged it.
Commentators observed that Harpaz’s
interviews appeared to be part of a new public relations campaign to obtain
leniency in eventual charges the state might bring against him, by offering
himself up as a potential state witness against Ashkenazi and Ashkenazi’s former
top aids, who are also under investigation.
To date, no one has been
indicted in the Harpaz Affair.
But absent a special agreement with the
state, Harpaz is expected to be indicted based on past Justice Ministry
announcements, while the investigations into Ashkenazi and his aids, and
possibly into Barak, are ongoing.