Russo, Galant, Ashkenaza and Barak toast wine 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
Police formally handed over the results of the investigation into the alleged
forgery of the so-called “Galant document” to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein
and state prosecutors on Thursday.
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Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, a
businessman, is the only suspect in the affair.
The forged document
purports to show that Arad Communications, a public relations firm, drew up
plans for a public relations campaign for OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav
Galant that would create a positive image for him and negative images for
incumbent Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and another potential
Ashkenazi replacement, Deputy Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Benny
The document was revealed on Channel 2 in August and presented as
a leak from a credible source, promoting the investigation.
alleged motive was to torpedo an attempt by Defense Minister Ehud Barak to
appoint Galant to become IDF chief of General Staff, and to make it possible for
Ashkenazi to stay on as army chief.
Despite media reports claiming that
police on Thursday recommended that Harpaz be indicted, the recommendation to
state prosecutors was already made on September 1, a police source told The
On September 1, police took the unusual step of
announcing that Harpaz was the prime forgery suspect, even though the
investigation had not yet ended, in order to clear the names of senior defense
officials who had been mistakenly mentioned in press reports as suspects. The
affair rocked the senior echelon of the defense establishment.
no evidence to support the idea that employees of the defense minister or IDF
chief of staff were involved in preparing the document,” police said in the
On Thursday, the police source said there was
little new information in the case material handed over to state
Police have been critical of the media’s coverage of the
affair, last month describing many reports as “pure rumor and gossip” influenced
by “manipulations and baseless estimations, which were often contradictory.”