Police Issue Arrest Warrant in Galant Document Forgery

Suspect is named as Lt. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, who is currently overseas; police say he will be questioned upon return to Israel.

Police on Friday issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the Galant document forgery case, who was named as Lt. Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, according to Israel Radio.

Harpaz is currently is currently abroad, but is expected to be detained for questioning upon his return to Israel.

According to Israel Radio, investigators will try to determine whether Harpaz acted independently or was instructed to forge the document.

The Galant document purports to outline a PR campaign for Major-General Yoav Galant in his efforts to become the next Israel Defense Forces chief of staff.

The existence of the document was first exposed by Channel 2 television's news program two weeks ago. Galant denies any connection to the document, as does PR guru Eyal Arad, whose company logo is said to appear on the document.

IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant, Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Tomer Appelbaum, Moti Kimche, Alon Ron

Police suspect the document to be a forgery.

Harpaz is a businessman and a mid-ranking reserve officer in the IDF. He left Israel around the time that the document was publicized.

Earlier on Friday, Army Radio reported that Colonel (res.) Gabi Siboni admitted to leaking the Galant document to Channel 2.

Siboni, a friend of GOC Northern Command Gadi Eizenkot, is not suspected of forging or writing the document.

Siboni believes that the document is authentic and was created to promote the candidacy of Galant to succeed current IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and to drive a wedge between Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Earlier this week, Siboni told Haaretz only that he had been questioned in the Galant investigation.

Police confirm that Siboni only leaked the document and did not forge it.
The police statement also cleared of suspicion of forgery all the candidates in the running to replace Ashkenazi, including Eizenkot.