Ex-IDF Officer Retracts Confession Over Forged 'Galant Document'

Harpaz told police in August 2010 that he had received the document from a woman he didn't know, and later admitted to having forged it.

Lt. Col. (res. ) Boaz Harpaz - who earlier admitted forging a document in an effort to influence the race for the IDF chief of staff - now denies he wrote the mystery document which shook the IDF's top brass in 2010.

In the latest twist in the affair, Harpaz has told investigators of the State Comptroller's Office that he did not write the so-called "Galant document," which was seen as a bid to keep Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant from being chosen to the top IDF post.

Boaz Harpaz

During an investigation in August 2010, Harpaz at first told police that he received the document from a woman he does not know, then later admitted to having forged it. He claimed to have acted alone. Following his admission, police closed the investigation and relayed their findings to the State Prosecution, which has not brought charges against Harpaz.

Harpaz was suspected of having delivered the document to former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi in an effort to help promote the candidate Ashkenazi preferred as his successor.

Harpaz now admits that he was in touch with former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his spouse, Ronit, but denies having forged the document. He maintains it was sent to him by a woman whose identity he did not know. He then passed it on to Col. Erez Weiner, Ashkenazi's assistant. Harpaz says he did not attribute much significance to the document and considered it to be part of internal mudslinging.

Harpaz told the State Comptroller investigators that he initially decided to take responsibility for forging the document because he was told that the police had found 13 versions of the document on his computer. Exhausted by the investigation, he says he felt he would not be able to argue against the police. He decided to admit to forging the document, assuming that the act would be considered a mild violation, which would bring an end the imbroglio and cause limited damage.

However, the investigators insist that Harpaz did forge the document. They say they have not yet decided whether he worked alone.

Harpaz's attorney, Yaakov Weinroth, is in contact with the State Prosecution in order to agree on a plea bargain.

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