Galant withdraws High Court petition over appointment

Move follows denial of former IDF chief of General Staff-designate's request for an injunction against continuation of appointment process.

February 7, 2011 17:44
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IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant.

Galant 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office)


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Embattled former IDF chief of General Staff-designate Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant on Monday withdrew his petition to the High Court over his cancelled appointment to the top IDF post.

Galant's claim against the cancellation of his appointment was scheduled to be brought before High Court justices on Tuesday.

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The major-general said in his request that he no longer supports the petition and therefore requests that the court withdraw it.

The request, handed to three High Court judges, looked as if the petition would be removed from the docket.

Galant filed the original petition early on Sunday morning, hours after Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced he had chosen Maj.-Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz for the post, and a short time before the cabinet was scheduled to rescind his appointment.

Last Tuesday, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein decided that Galant could not fill the position due to what he deemed to be insurmountable legal and moral difficulties he would have faced in defending Galant’s appointment before the High Court of Justice.

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