IDF Lieutenant-Colonel (reserves) Boaz Harpaz, who has been in police custody since returning to Israel from abroad Monday, told his investigators Tuesday that he “cannot remember” who gave him the document known as the “Galant document.” The forged document, made to look as though it was written by a public relations strategist, contains underhanded directions for facilitating Major General Yoav Galant's appointment as the next IDF Chief of Staff.
The document is believed to have been faked by opponents of Galant who wanted to make him look like a Machiavellian manipulator.
Harpaz was brought before a court Tuesday for remand. The court ordered police to keep him jailed for five more days – half of the number the police had asked for – and release him on Sunday.
According to a report on the News1 website, police suspect Harpaz of faking the document together with other associates who wanted to block Galant's promotion, and then handing it over to Lieutenant-Colonel Erez Viener, an aide to current Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi. Viener is believed to have given the document to Lt.-Col. (res.) Gabi Siboni, who gave it to Channel 2 television reporters.
Ashkenazi reportedly did not want Galant appointed to succeed him, because of an atmosphere of rivalry between the two generals. Defense Minister Ehud Barak appointed Galant despite this – and despite the Galant 'document'.