(photo credit: Channel 10)
Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz forged the “Galant Document” on his own, police said
on Wednesday, in an announcement which marked the end of an investigation that
has rocked the senior echelon of the defense establishment.
released to ten days’ house arrest on Wednesday, and police said they would pass
on their findings to state prosecutors in the coming days.
“There is 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.
exposed the chain through which the document passed until it was publicized on
Channel 2,” police added.
Police criticized the press coverage of its
investigation, adding that many of the reports were based on “pure rumor and
gossip,” and were influenced by “manipulations and baseless estimations, which
were often contradictory.”
Police said it had nothing to do with the
array of false reports that appeared in some of the media in recent
adding that it made sure not to “be dragged into the waves of rumors.”
another appalled comment on the media, police said that it had issued
clarifications following false media reports, adding that the
“were not reported on at all.”
Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen of the
National Serious and International Crime Unit of the Lahav 443 police
which led the investigation, said, “we have reached the truth... The
main aim of
this investigation has been achieved. The best of our investigators
this goal, and were supplied with the best equipment and tools. They ran
professional, discreet, and speedy investigation.”
Last week, Harpaz
retracted a confession made over the weekend that he fabricated the
lawyers said on Sunday at the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court.
days, Harpaz’s growing number of contradictory police testimonies fueled
speculation that he could be covering up for other IDF officers who may
forged the document – speculation that had no evidence, according to