Former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defense Forces said, Tuesday, that nobody close to him was involved in the selection of his successor. Speaking to a Knesset State Control Committee hearing on intrigues surrounding the selection process, Ashkenazi said "What is hiding behind the central claims, like a putsch [coup -ed.] is a lack of understanding. It's important that everyone remind themselves that the comptroller stated overwhelmingly that there was no putsch in the army." Ashkenazi stressed that former comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss reported that there was no plan of action and that nobody in his circle was actively involved in the what has come to be known as the Harpaz document, a forgery claiming to advise General Yoav Galant to use a smear campaign against other candidates for the position.
Ashkenazi accepted criticism for not doing anything but leaving the document in his drawer when it came to his attention, saying he preferred to concentrate on ongoing military matters. He said other matters mentioned in Lindenstrauss's report should be dealt with, and that the term for chief of staff should not be longer than four years.