The Knesset State Control Committee began, Tuesday morning, its consideration of January's report by former state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss on the intrigues surrounding the selection of the successor to former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defense Forces. The case has been called the Harpaz Affair because of a document by reserves officer Boaz Harpaz that brought the intrigues to light.
At the outset of the hearing, Committee Chairman Amnon Cohen of the Sephardic hareidi-religious Shas party noted that Tuesday begins the three weeks of semi mourning, leading up to the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. He said the period "should inspire our hearts, so we will not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors, the sins of baseless hatred that brought about the destruction. Remember that with these things and increase return to goodwill." He added that appointment of the 20th chief of staff "was embarrassing and shameful," adding that "the slanders caused severe damage."