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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

PMO Att'y: State Inquiry Not Appropriate in Harpaz Case


Shlomit Barnea'-Fargo, the legal advisor to the Prime Minister's Office, recently informed the Ometz movement that there was no justication for a state inquiry into intrigues at the Defense Ministry, known as the Harpaz Affair. The intrigues surrounded the selection of a successor to former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Responding to an Ometz request for a state inquiry, Barnea'-Fargo wrote to Ometz Chairman Aryeh Avneri that one of the justifications for a state inquiry was lack of a police inquiry, which is the subject of a Movement for Quality Government petition before the Supreme Court, and that no action should be taken until the High Court renders its decision. In submitting the request, before the Knesset elections, Avneri said the need for a state inquiry was urgent to clear the air and remove a stain from the image of the IDF and the former chief of staff.