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Watchdog Group: Investigate Barak for Bad Behavior

A government watchdog group is calling to add Barak to the list of military higher-ups investigated in the Harpaz Affair.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/31/2013, 12:15 AM

Barak and Netanyahu in the Golan
Barak and Netanyahu in the Golan
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The government watchdog group Ometz is calling to investigate Defense Minister Ehud Barak for alleged misbehavior.

If Barak is not added to a list of military leaders to be investigated over the Harpaz Affair, the matter will be taken to the Supreme Court, the group warned.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Tuesday that former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his aide Erez Weiner will be investigated for allegedly encouraging Boaz Harpaz to look into Barak’s affairs. Barak and Ashkenazi reportedly did not get along; according to a recent State Comptroller’s report, their bad relationship had an impact on the IDF.

Ometz supported the call for a probe into Ashkenazi and Weiner’s behavior, but said it was not enough. “You have a duty to order a criminal investigation into Defense Minister Ehud Barak, conducted by the Israel Police, on suspicion that crimes were committed in his office as part of his struggle against former IDF Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi,” the group said in a letter to Weinstein.

The group also called to indict Harpaz, “who previously admitted to forging a document in the matter of the appointment of General Galant as IDF Chief of Staff, and is also suspected of interfering with an investigation.”