(photo credit: Channel 10)
The army rejected accusations leveled against outgoing Chief of General Staff
Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Sunday in a new book on the army chief’s
alleged involvement in the so-called Harpaz Document affair, which has rocked
the military in recent months.
Written by journalists Dan Margalit and
Ronen Bergman, the book claims that Ashkenazi used Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz
as a mole in the office of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Harpaz has been accused
of forging a document that detailed a way for former OC Southern Command Maj.-
Gen. Yoav Galant to become chief of General Staff.
appointed Galant but his appointment was canceled due to allegations that he
illegally seized land next to his home in Moshav Amikam. On Sunday, the cabinet
approved the appointment of former deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen Benny Gantz as
the next chief of General Staff. He takes up the post on Monday.
– Hebrew for “The Pit” – the book reportedly claims that Ashkenazi helped
Harpaz receive highlevel security clearance despite concerns that the former
intelligence officer had mishandled classified information.
The book also
claims that Ashkenazi, when he served as head of the Northern Command in 2000,
allegedly spread rumors that the three soldiers who were kidnapped were actually
The IDF rejected the accusations leveled against Ashkenazi
in the book.
“The book is libelous and is aimed at harming the chief of
staff on the eve of his resignation from the IDF. This book was written
hurriedly by two people whose positions are well known and have made it their
goal to defame the name of Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.”