Ashkenazi looking to the sky 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi worked together with
Boaz Harpaz, who allegedly forged the so-called Harpaz Document, to gather dirt
on Defense Minister Ehud Barak and several of his close associates, according to
Channel 2’s investigative news show Uvda.
The revelations come as State
Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss nears the end of his investigation into the
affair. According to the report, Ashkenazi was questioned by police on three
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The Harpaz Document was leaked to the press in 2010
and was forged to look like a roadmap for getting former OC Southern Command
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed as chief of staff.
appointed, but later lost the post due to a land scandal regarding his home in
When Harpaz was first identified as the person who
allegedly forged the document, Ashkenazi denied he had a prior relationship with
the former Military Intelligence lieutenant-colonel.
revealed transcripts from Ashkenazi and Harpaz’s police interrogations that
appear to show the two worked closely together in gathering information on Barak
and close associates.
In addition, according to the show, Harpaz also met
numerous times with Ashkenazi’s wife, Ronit, at a coffee shop near Ra’anana,
where they discussed ways to get Barak to extend Ashkenazi’s term as chief of
staff by a year.
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Harpaz was also reportedly in close contact with
Ashkenazi’s senior assistant, Col. Erez Weiner.
According to Uvda,
Ashkenazi thought the Harpaz Document was authentic and that Harpaz was in
possession of reliable inside information regarding the goings-on within Barak’s
office. When police told him Harpaz had forged the document, Ashkenazi
responded: “That can’t be.”
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