Russo, Galant, Ashkenaza and Barak toast wine 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
Former IDF chief of staff
Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday that the state comptroller's draft report on the "Harpaz Affair" indicates that nobody in the IDF leadership intervened in the selection process for his successor as IDF chief of staff.
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss sent a copy of a draft on Sunday afternoon to
most of those mentioned in it. The report took 14 months to complete,
and was based on the testimonies of 300 witnesses, primarily military
commanders and security officials, as well as thousands of documents and
transcripts, a spokesman for the state comptroller said. It can not be published
in full until all of the concerned parties have a chance to reply to
In addition to the forged "Harpaz Document" the report also
dealt with the bad relations between Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak while Ashkenazi served as IDF chief of staff.
Speaking at a
ceremony in which a street was named after him in Or Yehuda, Ashkenazi
said that he made mistakes and the important thing was to learn the
report's lessons so that antagonistic relations between the defense
minister and the chief of staff do not develop again in the future.
The report slammed the
conduct of Ashkenazi and also criticized Defense Minister Barak over a disturbing feud that
developed between the two most senior defense figures in the country at the
time. The draft report sparked a
new war of words
between the two men on Sunday.
Boaz Harpaz, a former intelligence officer and an associate of Ashkenazi, denied
accusations by police that he forged a document in 2010 that detailed plans to
damage the reputations of senior IDF officers who were contending for the post
of chief of staff.
The document was designed to appear as if one of the
contenders at the time, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant, who had been Barak’s
choice to replace Ashkenazi, had ordered for it to be drawn up.
The report took Ashkenazi and his bureau to task for allowing Harpaz
to become involved in the affairs of the IDF chief of staff, for collecting dirt
on Barak and for failing to notify the state comptroller of the fact that
Ashkenazi’s bureau had come to possess the document.
Lindenstrauss cleared Ashkenazi of accusations that he organized a rebellion
against Barak, and dismissed reports of business connections between Ashkenazi
and Harpaz.Yaakov Lappin and Joanna Parazczuk contributed to this report