(JNS.org) Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Wednesday closed the “Harpaz affair” case against former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, who was accused of breach of trust and divulging classified information.
The case, which was related to events that transpired in 2010, alleged a plot by Lt. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz to sabotage then-defense minister Ehud Barak’s choice, Yoav Galant, to succeed Ashkenazi as the IDF chief of staff. A battle ensued at the time between Barak and Ashkenazi, allegedly involving spying and slander.
Weinstein agreed with police findings which rejected charges that Askenazi was involved in forging a document, and further rejected police recommendations to indict Ashkenazi for breach of trust over revealing secret information to news reporters. Harpaz, however, will still be indicted in the case.