I may have made mistakes, Ashkenazi admits

Former IDF chief says he, his family were victims of "attack campaign."

March 6, 2012 02:17
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Former chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

Former chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi 390. (photo credit: Courtesy of Dror Einav / INSS)


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Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, former IDF chief of staff, said on Monday he “may have made mistakes,” but he vowed to learn from them, one day after coming under heavy criticism in a draft report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss into the hostile relationship between Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Ashkenazi said his aim was to ensure that relations between the head of Israel’s army and the defense minister never again deteriorate to the point that they did between his bureau and that of Barak.

“As you know, I’ve never run away from anything – not on the battlefield, and not from criticism,” Ashkenazi said, speaking at an event to mark the naming of a street after him in Or Yehuda.

The former military chief said he was studying the draft State Comptroller’s Report, and that he would respond to in due course.

In a snipe at Barak, who welcomed the report on Sunday, Ashkenazi said, “Unlike others, I don’t think there’s a reason for joy here. There are things that need to be fixed.”

Ashkenazi said the report exposed important developments.

He also lamented what he described as an “attack campaign” on himself and his family.

Addressing media speculation that he had worked to secure an additional year to his four-year term as chief of staff, Ashkenazi stressed that the claim was completely false.

Lindenstrauss’s report, which cannot yet be published, slammed Ashkenazi’s conduct, but also criticized Barak over the disturbing feud that developed between the two most senior defense figures in the country at the time.

Barak said on Sunday that he had “no reason to take back a single word of what he said in public or closed doors regarding this affair.”

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