Former Israel Navy Chief's Son Dismissed From Military

A polygraph test revealed that Lt. Col. Elad Marom had disclosed information to an unauthorized person.

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Then-Israel Navy chief, Rear-Admiral (ret) Eliezer Marom, June 1, 2010.Credit: Alon Ron
Gili Cohen
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A senior navy officer was dismissed from the IDF two months ago after disclosing information to an “unauthorized person,” according to a report on Channel 2 News online.

The incriminating evidence against Lt. Col. Elad Marom was detected during a polygraph test, according to the report.

Marom, son of former navy commander Maj. Gen. (res.) Eliezer Marom, assumed the post of deputy commander of the Ashdod navy base about a year ago. While already serving in the post, he underwent a series of security checks to receive the required security clearance.

An army source said Marom had passed the lie-detector tests successfully, but it emerged during the test that he had passed on information to an “unauthorized party,” contrary to the army rules. As a result, his service was terminated two months ago, the source said.

In August, the IDF revoked the appointment of an intelligence unit commander after he failed to pass a polygraph test. In that case, too, as reported in Haaretz, the officer was required to pass the test as a condition of his appointment and in keeping with military rules.

The IDF also revoked the appointment of a senior Central Command officer earlier this year, when it came to light that he had given information to a reporter. Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot decided to cancel the officer’s scheduled promotion to the post of commander of a reserve brigade.

“The officer ended his military service and for reasons of privacy we cannot elaborate,” the IDF spokesman said in response to the report about Marom.