Meanwhile Sunday, Military
Advocate General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit called on the police to launch an
investigation to discover who was behind a number of ads that appeared in some
of the Hebrew newspapers and which accused Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi
Ashkenazi and IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Avi Benayahu of conspiring to prevent
The ad appeared in Yediot Ahronot
and was signed anonymously by a group which claimed to now know Galant
personally but to have been disturbed by what they called an attempted coup to
prevent his appointment as the next chief of staff.
Mandelblit asked Deputy State
Prosecutor Shai Nitzan on Sunday to consider opening a criminal investigation
against the people behind the ad, which he said was libelous since it falsely
accused Ashkenazi and Benayahu of wrongdoing.