Incoming IDF Chief to Face Hearing Over Alleged Land Grab

Green Party request that Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant's appointment be delayed until the affair can be investigated.

State comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss will hold a hearing for the incoming Israel Defense Forces chief next week over a claim that he allegedly stole land next to his private home.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant is expected to submit a written brief on Wednesday detailing his argument over the alleged land grab next to his home in Moshav Amikam. He is expected to testify next week.

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak named Maj. Gen. Galant as the next chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces on August 22, 2010, as a replacement for current Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

The Green Party had calling for disqualifying Galant as a candidate for IDF chief after of an investigative report published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv alleged Galant of the same charges, saying that he carved out roads near his home.

Attorey General Yehuda Weinstein requested a ten-day delay from the High Court of Justice before they consider the Green Party's petition against Galant's appointment.

Weinstein explained that he is requesting the delay in light of new information he has received about the case, and he asked the state comptroller to submit his final report as soon as possible. The report will be completed only after Galant has testified.

Weinstein's announcement represents a new twist in the affair, because it reveals that some of the evidence in the case did not reach the attorney general's office at earlier stages of the affair.