State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss yesterday passed his report on land acquisition by the chief of staff-designate of the Israel Defense Forces, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Galant has been accused of improperly adding land to his property. He says any improprieties were an honest mistake.
Lindenstrauss' report does not determine whether Galant is worthy of being chief of staff in view of the findings.
People familiar with the report said Lindenstrauss refrained from accusing Galant of lying or of committing deliberate offenses. However, the comptroller criticizes Galant's conduct on several counts. Lindenstrauss' main criticism reportedly focuses on a 35-dunam farming plot Galant received, on which he planted olive trees, and on an additional 28 dunams he annexed "by mistake," as he put it.
Galant is censured for foot-dragging in his response to the authorities' demands to vacate the land. Lindenstrauss also found inaccuracies and errors in Galant's correspondence with the authorities. The report also criticizes the Israel Lands Administration and planning authorities' role in the affair.
The report leaves the decision of whether Galant can be IDF chief of staff to Weinstein.
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