The Real Player in the Power Struggle Among Israel's Top Military Brass: Iran

The dispute over an Israeli campaign against Iran provided the backdrop to the clash between the Barak camp - Defense Minister Ehud Barak and members of his bureau - and then-IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi and his associates.

The word "Iran" barely appears in the state comptroller's report on the Harpaz affair, but that word - along with human nature - is the main player in this scandal. The furor only appears to revolve around a forged document meant to discredit a candidate for Israel Defense Forces chief of staff.