Gantz: Harpaz affair report a 'sad day for Israel'

January 7, 2013 17:06


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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told a senior military forum that the State Comptroller's report on the Harpaz affair marked "a sad day for the IDF, the state of Israel, citizens, and everyone who was close to the affair."

The report charted a feud between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, which culminated in a forged document that was leaked to the press.

"I don't intend to be a judge between the sides involved in this report, and I will handle my area in the IDF," Gantz said, speaking at the start of the General Staff's investigation into November's Operation Pillar of Defense.

"Lines were crossed and improper steps were taken in functional and ethical terms," the chief of staff added.

Gantz said that he could not accept such conduct, despite his high regard of the people involved in the affair.

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