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        3/4/2012, Adar 10, 5772

      Defense Ministry Puts Positive Spin on Harpaz Report


      The Defense Ministry expressed satisfaction, Sunday evening, on the State Comptroller's draft report on intrigues that centered around the candidacy of Yoav Galant, about a year and a half ago, to replace Gabi Ashkenazy as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The ministry said the report documented "a picture, known to the public for some time, of the existence, at the time, of a very small, dangerous organizational sub-culture at the upper echelons of the IDF, assisted by a number of civilians (who operated without authority), working against the policy-making echelon appointed above it and its subordinates... in serious, inappropriate ways."

      A statement by the ministry said that the forgeries that highlighted the intrigues must not be allowed to be repeated and that the ministry would get to the root of the problem. The statement said the comptroller's report required that the ministry examine itself thoroughly to make sure that the IDF's values remain true and clean. It also said Defense Minister Ehud Barak made it clear that from the preliminary reading of the report, he had no reason to take back anything he said in public or private.