(photo credit: Channel 10)
of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said on Tuesday that there is a
small chance Hizbullah will act against Israel following the
publication of the findings of the UN tribunal on the assassination of
former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
During a visit to
the Tel Hashomer army base, Ashkenazi said that the more the published
report is in accordance with Hizbullah, the more stability will be
maintained in the region.
Tamir Pardo named next Mossad head
PM says Wikileaks site will make life more difficult
Also on Tuesday, Ashkenazi defended the appointment of Tamir Pardo as head of Mossad, saying that Pardo only had a marginal role in the leaking of the false document drafted by Boaz Harpaz, and stressed that the issue "was checked from every angle."
Ashkenazi added that Pardo is "a professional man, fit for the job."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday announced the appointment of Pardo as the next head of the espionage agency.
In announcing the appointment, Netanyahu said that Pardo had dozens of
years of experience and was “the right person to lead the Mossad in the
coming years in light of the complex challenges facing the State of
Defense Minister Ehud Barak was reported to have been opposed to the
appointment since Pardo had seen the so-called Galant Document, after it
was shown to him by Col. (res.) Gabi Siboni, the former IDF officer who
leaked it to Channel 2.
Pardo was not involved in writing the document, but Siboni had reportedly consulted with him before leaking it to the media.
In related news, Ashkenazi also commented on the release Sunday of
classified documents by Wikileaks. Ashkenazi said "This teaches us that
we are in a world where new risks exist. The IDF is not protected from
these risks. We still do not understand the scope of this thing, but it
is being followed by Intelligence and this may affect the future of open
dialogue with some people."