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Everything You Wanted to Know about the IDF Scandal…

They Were Only Playing Leapfrog…

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Ganz at Monday's press conference.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Ganz at Monday's press conference.
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A much contested point has been whether or not Harpaz himself received the document from GOC Northern Command Gadi Eizenkot, who received it from the chief of staff.

In his search for a connection to journalist Abramowitz, Siboni consulted with former deputy head of Mossad Tamir Pardo, whom the journalist described as “former senior Mossad” man.

On September 2, 2020, Defense Minister Barak appeared before the General Staff Forum and spoke in the harshest terms about the document and the incident: “I’m worried about attempts made by several senior officers, both in regular and reserve service, to stop and delay the process of appointing the next chief of staff and gain an illegitimate influence on the results,” he said, adding that the attempt had almost succeeded, causing deep damage to the public confidence in the IDF.”

Some in the media went as far as to call the incident a coup d’etat attempt on the part of the IDF leadership.

Three days later, General Galant received his appointment as the next chief of staff, only to be dumped on February 5, 2011, on suspicion of mishandling the construction of a home in Moshav Amikam.

On February 13, 2011, after a stormy meeting, the Israeli government unanimously approved General Benny Gantz as the next IDF chief of staff.

Now, two years later, the Attorney General will probably have no choice but to recommend the appointment of an independent council to dig into the criminal aspects of the scandal.

And now: They Were Only Playing Leapfrog…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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