Former chief of staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday questioned the truthfulness of Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his associates relating to the "Harpaz affair."
Ashkenazi pointed out that his associates testified under polygraph and were found to be telling the truth, "while the defense minister's associates did not get such an approval from law enforcement authorities." He added that, "Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his bureau chief publicly stated that they did not know lieutenant colonel Boaz Harpaz. I doubt this testimony."
"My heart is with the senior IDF officers...who had to deal with complaints made both publicly and behind closed doors from the Minister of Defense about their abilities," said Ashkenazi with reference to leaks from Barak attacking the abilities of the head of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.