Comptroller to send out report on 'Harpaz Affair'

IDF officer, Defense Ministry officials involved in alleged plot to get Galant appointed chief of staff to receive copy.

Galant 311 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office)
Galant 311
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office)
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss announced on Monday that everyone involved in the “Harpaz Affair” will receive a copy of his draft report into the matter on Sunday.
The IDF officer and Defense Ministry officials audited in the report will receive a copy on Sunday at 4 p.m. and will be expected to file their answers to his office within a month, Lindenstrauss said.
Lindenstrauss’s office said that the state comptroller had arranged matters so that each of those audited will receive the draft report at the same time.
The Harpaz document – named for alleged forger Boaz Harpaz – was a paper that detailed a strategy to get former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed chief of staff.
Galant was appointed to the post but in the end lost the job over his involvement in a land scandal at his home in Moshav Amikam.
Former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, who received the document, showed it to several other generals, including current Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and former OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, who is in the running to become Gantz’s deputy.
When Harpaz was first identified as the alleged forger of the document, Ashkenazi denied that he had a prior relationship with the former lieutenant-colonel from IDF Military Intelligence.
The branch is also being probed to see if Harpaz misused his position there – with or without his superiors’ knowledge – to do business while in active service.
The report is expected to criticize Ashkenazi for his handling of the Harpaz document and his failure to bring it to Defense Minister Ehud Barak or even the military advocate-general.
Barak is also expected to come under fire for the hostile relationship he maintained with Ashkenazi.