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Former chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi will be summoned next week to the state comptroller's office to provide further evidence in the case of Boaz Harpaz. This comes after Channel 1 uncovered information over the weekend regarding ties between Harpaz and Gabi Ashkenazi's wife, Ronit, Army Radio reported.
Ashkenazi, who will return on Wednesday from the United States, where he has been for the past few months, previously testified in the comptroller's office on the Harpaz affair in February, according to the report.
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On Sunday, calls mounted in the IDF to launch an internal investigation
revelations regarding the mysterious Harpaz Affair and the nature of the
relationship between former chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi
Ashkenazi’s wife and Boaz Harpaz, the alleged forger of what has become
the “Galant Document.”
Sources close to former OC
Southern Command Maj.-
Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant, whose appointment as chief of staff was
the cabinet in February, said the revelations regarding the close
between Ronit Ashkenazi and Harpaz proved the need for the reopening of
police investigation into the affair.
to the new revelation, Ronit Ashkenazi's ties with Boaz Harpaz
were much closer than previously reported, including exchanging over
1,500 text messages. Ashkenazi allegedly mediated between Boaz Harpaz
and residents of Moshav Amikam, where Yoav Galant lives, in order to
gather information on Galant's construction projects, and even urged
Harpaz to notify the media of his findings, the report said.
In 2010, Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz
Harpaz, a former intelligence officer, allegedly forged a document that
fictitious plans to damage the reputations of senior IDF officers.
forged document was intended to falsely give the impression that Galant,
been a senior candidate to become IDF chief of General Staff, had hired a
firm to damage the reputations of other competitors for the post.
Minister Ehud Barak decided to appoint Galant as the next chief of staff
decision was overturned due to allegations that he misappropriated land
home in Moshav Amikam, near Zichron Ya’acov.
Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Tuesday night that, in light
of recent news, he is not surprised that Defense Minister Ehud Barak did
not want to extend the term of former chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen.
(res.) Gabi Ashkenazi. "There was as systematic attempt here to mislead.
Ashkenazi knew one thing and said something else."