Police Say Harpaz Acted Alone in Galant Forgery

Police have finished investigating the forgery of the so-called Galant document and will give the State Prosecutor's Office the evidence they have collected in the next few days. They plan to recommend charging Lt. Col. (res. ) Boaz Harpaz with aggravated forgery and use of a forged document.

Police believe Harpaz both forged and distributed the document.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court released Harpaz to house arrest for 10 days yesterday after he posted NIS 50,000 bail.

He is prohibited from contacting either the media or individuals linked to the case, and may not leave Israel.

The police investigation, headed by Chief Superintendent Yaron London, collected testimony from dozens of military figures and civilians that led them to identify Harpaz as the sole suspect in the document's forgery and circulation.

No other suspects

Harpaz later admitted to forging the document, which purported to reveal a smear-tactic campaign to help Yoav Galant become the next Israel Defense Forces chief of staff.

Yesterday, police reiterated that they found no reason to suspect anyone in the offices of either outgoing Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi or Defense Minister Ehud Barak of involvement in the forgery.

They said their evidence indicates beyond a reasonable doubt that Harpaz both fabricated and distributed the document.

Police Commissioner David Cohen yesterday praised investigators for conducting the probe "quickly, professionally and discreetly."