(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi be indicted for breach of trust and divulging classified information in connection to a case dating back to 2010.
The case, known as the “Harpaz affair,” involves an alleged plot by Lt. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz to sabotage the appointment of Yoav Galant to succeed Ashkenazi as the IDF chief of staff. The affair further revealed the bitter rivalry between Ashkenazi and Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister at the time.
A document reported by Israel’s Channel 2 network that had brought the Harpaz affair to light was ultimately dismissed as a forgery, leading to a state comptroller probe and a four-year police investigation into the matter. Investigators said Monday that the findings revealed solid evidence implicating Ashkenazi of breach of trust, citing that he had failed to disclose his knowledge of the Harpaz document when the state comptroller’s office was investigating the case.
Ashkenazi, the police alleged, would also routinely give reporters classified information during off-the-record background briefings, contrary to military orders and government protocol.