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Detectives from the National Serious and International Crimes Unit investigating
the “Galant document” affair have independently obtained a copy of the
controversial paper, despite attempts by Channel 2 News to prevent police from
doing so, a former senior police officer told The Jerusalem Post on
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First revealed on a Channel 2 news broadcast on August 6, the
document purports to show that Arad Communications, a public relations firm,
drew up plans to damage the reputations of senior IDF officers in a bid to
promote OC Southern Command Maj.- Gen. Yoav Galant’s candidacy for chief of
Police are seeking to ascertain whether the document was
forged, and whether army or public officials misused their offices to create it
or leak it.
Earlier on Sunday, a police representative told the Petah
Tikva District Court that a significant development had occurred in the
investigation, and that police no longer felt it was essential to obtain Channel
2’s copy of the document at this time.
Channel 2’s copy was deposited in
a safe at the court last week, as authorities and broadcast chiefs argued in
court over whether it could be handed over. Channel 2 resisted demands to turn
over the document to police, saying it intended to protect the identity of its
“The Galant document does not include a personal signature or a classification number. It is a
computer-generated document that is easy to copy,” said former National Fraud
Unit investigator Dep.- Cmdr. (ret.) Boaz Guttman.
“Copies of the
document exist on other computers belonging to those involved in the affair,” he
The police’s success in obtaining a copy led the police
representative in court to downplay the importance of winning a court battle
against Channel 2 and obtaining the media outlet’s document, Guttman
“When we look at intrigues, there is no such thing as a document
without copies,” Guttman said. “People involved in intrigues are usually
paranoid and save copies of documents for themselves.”
IDF officers continue to be questioned by police as part of the
The police reportedly plan to call on IDF Chief of General Staff
Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi to answer questions.
According to a
Channel 1 report Friday, IDF Spokesman Avi Benayahu was questioned on
four occasions last week.
Both Ashkenazi and Benayahu are seen as
rivals of Galant.
Senior military officials will be asked if they
the existence of the document before it was leaked to the media, Channel
Other questions will attempt to map out links
senior IDF officers and public relations offices, as well rivalries at
of the IDF. The police will reportedly also ask about possible motives
forging and leaking the document.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to