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(photo credit: AP/Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
The IDF Spokesman’s Office denied a Channel 10 report aired on Sunday night that
claimed the military advocate-general had ordered a criminal probe against
former chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi over his alleged
involvement in the Harpaz affair.
“The military advocate-general did not
order a criminal investigation,” The IDF spokesman said.
“There is a
professional internal discussion between the army prosecution and the
attorney-general. Due to the nature of things we do not address internal content
before a final decision has been taken.”
Earlier, Channel 10 claimed that
the military advocate-general, Brig-Gen.
Danny Efroni, has recommended
that a criminal investigation be opened against Ashkenazi and his ex-personal
assistant over suspicions of alleged fraud and breach of public
The report said the recommendations were made to Attorney-General
“The advocate-general based his opinion on recordings
of conversations from the [former] chief of staff’s bureau. He thinks they don’t
leave room for doubt over the need to open a criminal investigation,” the report
added. It said that Weinstein did not need to accept Efroni’s recommendation,
and that in any case the attorney-general would wait for the recommendation of
state prosecutors over the matter.
Ashkenazi’s spokesman said the content
of the Channel 10 report “are not known to us and sound bizarre.”
document that sparked the affair, 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 in 2010, and who were backed by Defense Minister
Viner is under investigation after it emerged that he was in
close contact with Harpaz.
He was due to be appointed chief education
officer in the IDF, but the appointment was recently canceled due to the ongoing