IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi distanced himself from the so-called “Galant Document” on Monday but admitted that it was in his possession for four months when the alleged forger, Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, gave it to his chief aide.
Ashkenazi made the remarks during a meeting of the IDF’s General Staff on Monday that was partially dedicated to a discussion on the document which is still subject to a police investigation. Ashkenazi also congratulated OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant upon his expected appointment as the next IDF chief of staff and promised to work together to ensure a smooth transfer of authority in February when Ashkenazi will step down.
During the meeting, Ashkenazi admitted to having received the document from Harpaz but said that it was kept in the office of his chief assistant Col. Erez Weiner, who, of his own accord, decided to give it to a former IDF officer who eventually leaked it to Channel 2 News.