The High Court on Monday rejected a petition by watchdog organizations Almagor and the Movement for Quality Government against appointing a new IDF chief of General Staff before the Winograd Committee completed its investigation into the summer's war in Lebanon. The decision came as Maj.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, the candidate chosen to replace Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz as chief of staff, finished his examination by a legal committee, thus leaving the way clear for Ashkenazi's appointment. The Movement for Quality Government has argued that "all the leading candidates for the position were closely and directly involved in the issues under examination by the [Winograd] committee." It has maintained that the Winograd Committee could find that one or more of the candidates for the position or those responsible for choosing among them bear responsibility for problems that arose during the war, and recommend taking sanctions preventing one or more of the candidates from standing for the post and one or more government officials from appointing them. Dan Izenberg and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.