Ashkenazi, Barak war of words on Harpaz escalates (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/07/12)
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Associates of former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi hit back at
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday night, stating that Barak´s
latest claims against Ashkenazi are a baseless and ridiculous attempt
to divert authorities from investigating the disappearance of tapes
and documents in Barak´s office relevant to the Harpaz affair.
Earlier Sunday, Barak accused Ashkenazi of crimes related to
receiving a bribe and assisting in giving a bribe.
Barak leveled the accusations in a letter he sent to Attorney-
General Yehuda Weinstein.
In the letter, Barak also called on State Comptroller Micha
Lindenstrauss to immediately publish his report into the Harpaz
affair, which he claimed would reveal “harsh conclusions” regarding
“The draft report and the evidence it is based on paints a difficult
picture including a series of crimes,” the defense minister wrote.
Earlier on Sunday, Weinstein confirmed reports that his office is
considering opening a criminal investigation into the so-called
Harpaz affair, in light of new evidence recently obtained by law
Weinstein said that his office would need to review the material and
would then decide whether to open a formal criminal probe. Despite
the possibility that such an investigation will be launched, he told
Lindenstrauss on Sunday that he should complete his report into the
affair as soon as possible.
“Since a draft of the report has already been distributed to the
relevant parties, the public benefit from releasing the report
outweighs the potential harms to a future police investigation,”
The Harpaz affair is named for Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, a former
Military Intelligence officer who allegedly forged a document
detailing a strategy of how to get former OC Southern Command Maj.-
Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed chief of staff in place of
Barak wanted Galant for the post, while Ashkenazi was believed to
have wanted a fifth year in the job for himself.
The document was leaked in 2010 to Channel 2 and was later discovered
to have been forged. While Galant was tapped by the government as the
next chief of staff, he ultimately lost the appointment due to an
unconnected land affair involving his home in Moshav Amikam, near
On Friday, Military Advocate- General Brig.-Gen. Danny Efroni asked
Lindenstrauss to turn over all of the material collected during the
state comptroller’s review of the affair to see if there were any
criminal implications from the perspective of the IDF.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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