(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Sunday postponed its
farewell meeting with Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi against the
backdrop of the continued investigation into chief of staff-designate
Yoav Galant.Galant met with Weinstein at the attorney-general's Jerusalem office on
Sunday to present his explanation and to clarify allegations made
against him by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss last week. Galant
reportedly told Weinstein that he acted in good faith when building his
Moshav Amikam home and that he did not lie in a sworn affidavit about
The delay was due to the possibility that his tenure
may be temporarily extended depending on a forthcoming decision by
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein about whether to continue defending Galant against a Green Movement petition in the Supreme Court.
Galant: I didn't lie and I don't intend on resigning
Lindenstrauss: Galant lied to court in sworn affidavit
Weinstein convened a discussion to formulate the state's position in the
affair Sunday evening. A statement from the Justice Ministry said that
"the issue is being carefully, thoroughly and seriously examined," adding
that the discussions would continue Monday.
The state comptroller said Galant lied to Hadera
Magistrate’s Court in a sworn affidavit by saying he had asked for
permission to exceed his building rights by 40 square meters before
building the additional floor space. In his examination of Galant’s land
dealings, Lindenstrauss found that Galant had requested the building
permit retroactively, after the structure was already standing.
Galant has been set to succeed Ashkenazi on February 14. Sources close
to Galant said he would wait for Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s
decision on the comptroller’s report, released late last week, before
determining if he can serve in the post.
Galant denied the comptroller’s findings about improprieties in his land
dealings, telling associates: “I didn’t lie, and I don’t intend to
resign.” He did, however, acknowledge that mistakes were made in the
land dealings in Moshav Amikam.