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The Petah Tikva District Court was expected to decide on Wednesday whether
Channel 2 will have to hand over the so-called Galant document, which allegedly
advised OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant to besmirch his rivals in the
race to be the next army chief.
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The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court ruled
on Monday night that Channel 2 had to hand over the document to police. Another
court rejected Channel 2’s appeal on Tuesday, saying that the law enabled media
outlets to protect their sources but not the information itself.
2’s attorneys have called on the district court to cancel the ruling, saying it
violates journalistic immunity.
If Channel 2 gives the document to
police, they will take it to a laboratory to test its authenticity. The document
bears the logo of strategist Eyal Arad’s consulting firm, but he and Galant have
insisted that it was forged.
Police are expected to question rivals of
Arad, in an effort to determine whether the document was forged in order to harm
If this is found to be the case, it would mean that the
document was not connected to Galant or another IDF officer, and therefore the
process of selecting a new chief of General Staff to replace Lt.- Gen. Gabi
Ashkenazi in February could continue.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein
ordered Defense Minister Ehud Barak not to make a decision on the appointment
until the investigation into the document had been completed.
first public comments about the scandal, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni praised Arad,
who is her party’s strategist, for initiating the investigation by filing a
forgery complaint with the police on Sunday.
Arad’s partner, Lior Chorev,
and other members of his staff are expected to be questioned, as is IDF
Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Avi Benayahu, who is close to Ashkenazi and has
National police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld refused to confirm
reports that two people from Arad’s office are suspected of leaking the
“All that we can say is that the investigation is continuing
and that it will be completed as quickly as possible,” Rosenfeld said.