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New information was disclosed Monday evening regarding the chief of staff-designate, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant's public land case.

The State Comptroller's Office, headed by Micha Lindenstrauss, sent the evidence to the State Prosecutor's Office, who has sent a letter relaying the information to the High Court of Justice.

The letter, sent by Einav Golumb, a senior official in the State Prosecutor's Office said that "[based on] the material that was sent to the State Prosecutor's Office from the State Comptroller's Office, there is new evidence that was not at the disposal of those dealing with matter until this time, with the exception of those in the Attorney General's Office and the State Prosecutor's Office."

The State Prosecutor's Office further added that Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, approached the state comptroller and asked him to speed up the inquiry as quickly as possible.

According to Golumb, the comptroller assured him that he would do his utmost to do so.

The letter from the State Prosecutor's Office was written as a response to a request made by the court that is dealing with the petition filed by the Green Party. The petition called for the disqualification of Galant as a chief of staff candidate based on an investigative report by Kalman Liebeskind of Maariv, in which he claimed that the chief of staff-designate had taken over public land and carved out roads near his home in Moshav Amikam.

The environmentalists claim that the committee on senior civil service appointments, headed by retire Judge Jacob Turkel, did not thoroughly examine the findings in the report before quickly approving Galant's appointment.

According to past Israel Defense Force assessments, however, this is not a sufficient case to disqualify Galant's appointment as chief of staff.