ashkenazi GOOD 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
communication expert Eyal Arad denied a report on Channel 2 that his
office had prepared a planned campaign to help Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
receive the appointment to become next IDF chief-of-staff on Friday
night.The document in question
contains a proposal for a public relations campaign to have Maj. Gen.
Yoav Galant appointed as the next IDF Chief-of-Staff, Channel 2 reported
"The document is a forgery," Arad claimed according to
Yair Lapid on Channel 2.
The document, containing the logo of the company
Arad Communications operated by Eyal Arad and Lior Horev, discussed the
need to create a positive image around Galant and creating negative
images for current chief-of-staff Gabi Ashkenazi and another potential
Ashkenazi replacement, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz.
Alternatively, the document presented a possibility of promoting Gantz
through the media as a replacement for Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)
head Yuval Diskin "and, thus, would be unable to compete for the
chief-of-staff position," Channel 2 reported.
With respect to Ashkenazi, the author of the public relations campaign
advised "developing a profile of a disgruntled [public official]," like
former Likud minister David Levy and as someone who tends to take
Eyal Arad, Arad Communications president and
strategist, denied the Channel 2 report and alleged that the document
was forged. "Anyone could have downloaded the company's logo from the
internet," he said.
According to Arad, no one at his company
prepared the document, and the firm has nothing to do with the ideas
presented in the Channel 2 expose. "I invite investigators to come and
check the company computers to find that this document was never written
here," Arad stated.
Defense Ministry sources dismissed the
possibility that the publication of the document will influence Defense
Minister Ehud Barak decision on choosing a new chief-of-staff.
sources said that the document is not relavent and and there is no
reason to put a halt to the decision making process becasue of what was
published in it.
Barak met Friday with Yoav Galant as part of the
interview process to
find a new chief-of-staff and is expected to meet with the other
candidates at the beginning of next week.