According to Shavit, it appears that the "Galant Affair" was created, probably by Ashkenazi's supporter(s), in order to extend the term of service of Ashkenazi. I find this "motive" unpersuasive because the chances for its success were minimal, and one does not go through forgery in order to create a situation where the benefit from it is unlikely. After all, Barak had announced that Ashkenazi's term would not be extended. The forged document would have been investigated for a short few months at most, so Ashkenazi's term would have come to an end at the appointed time anyhow. I think the motive was what it obviously seemed to be: preventing Galant from becoming the next Chief of Staff. Shavit's thought that the forgery was concocted by Ashkenazi's supporters makes sense. But Ashkenazi was against Galant, so his supporters also thought it would be a good idea to prevent Galant from advancing to Chiefhood. Another flaw in Shavit's article is that he rushes to accuse two Colonels, Ashkenazi's aide and the one who disclosed the document to the media to be part of the conspiracy. We don't know that yet. They claim that they believed the document was genuine. Let the police investigate further if there was a conspiracy here or there was a single forger who acted on his own and should be the only one to be punished.
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from the article: The colonels' mutiny