Daily Israel Report

Police 'Grilled IDF Spokesman over Galant Document'

Brig-Gen Benayahu a 'major suspect' in the affair. Document may have been faked in order to hurt Maj-Gen Galant's chances to become Chief of Staff.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/14/2010, 10:41 PM / Last Update: 8/14/2010, 10:37 PM

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IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Avi Benayahu has been interrogated by the police at least three times in recent days regarding the “Galant Document” affair, according to Channel One government-run television. The channel's reporter added that Benayahu is currently the chief suspect in the investigation.

The IDF Spokesman's Unit refused to comment on the report.

The scandal erupted when Channel 2 television's news team published a document bearing the logo of a well-known public relations and strategy firm, which looks as if it was prepared for Major-General Yoav Galant's use. The document outlines several ideas, some quite underhanded, for increasing Galant's chances of being selected as the next IDF Chief of Staff. 

Galant has denied any involvement in the matter and called the report about the document “slanderous.”

Most commentators agree that the document looks like a fake and that it is unlikely that Galant would have requested the preparation of such a document. Strategist Eyal Arad, who owns the firm that allegedly prepared the document, also said it had been forged and filed a complaint with the police. 

Benayahu is considered an adversary of Galant and an ally of current IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi, who is not on good terms with Galant. Defense Minister Ehud Barak favors Galant as the next Chief of Staff.