Eitan: Galant acted like a "mafioso" in land dealings

January 27, 2011 20:36


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Likud minister Michael Eitan on Thursday harshly criticized IDF Chief of Staff-designate Yoav Galant for improprieties he carried out in land dealings as was revealed by the state comptroller's investigation of the issue. Eitan's comments came in an interview with Channel Two.

Eitan said that Galant's appointment to chief of General Staff should not be allowed to continue because he acted like a "mafioso" in his treatment of local officials who he received preferential treatment from because of his position to cover up unlawful behavior.

The Likud minister did not blame Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or Defense Minister Ehud Barak for choosing an unworthy candidate to head the IDF, but rather he blamed the Turkel Committee for not properly investigating Galant.

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