IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz froze a pending appointment of an
army under investigation on Thursday.
Col. Erez Viner, once personal
assistant to former chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, is being
investigated by the State Comptroller’s Office over suspicions he may have been
involved in an affair involving a forged document, which shook up the IDF brass
and exposed serious hostility between Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud
The document, known as the ‘Harpaz document,’ after Lt.-Col.
(res.) Boaz Harpaz, a former intelligence officer accused of drawing it up, was
designed to damage the reputations of senior IDF officers who were contending
for the post of chief of staff, and who were backed by Barak.
under investigation after it emerged that he was in close contact with
He was due to be appointed chief education officer in the IDF
before Gantz’s decision.
The IDF spokesman said the decision to freeze
the promotion was not taken lightly, adding that a new education officer would
be selected in the near future.
“Once the state comptroller’s examination
is complete, and if there are no legal obstacles, Col. Viner will compete” for
another position, the IDF spokesman said.
Had Viner been awarded the
promised position, he would have been promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.