Archive for the ‘Defense Minister’ tag
The State Comptroller has published his report on the “Harpaz document” scandal. The report says that those in IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi’s office and his associates led a campaign to gather dirt on Defense Minister Ehud Barak and that Ashkenazi was at least partially aware. Further, the report determines that Chief of Staff aide, Col. Erez Weiner, discussed ways of obtaining slanderous information about Barak and his surroundings with Boaz Harpaz, who forged the Harpaz document. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved in September construction plans for the expansion of the Itamar settlement by 538 housing units, which would see the settlement grow five-fold. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and settlers leaders are negotiating to avoid the evacuation of the Ramat Gilad outpost, and to approve the construction of 185 new houses in Karnei Shomron.
Special Operations command (“Mem-Mem”) in the Military Intelligence Directorate (“Aman”) is lacking supervision for years, and nobody reviews the methods and processes of acquiring special means necessary for covert operations. This is contrary to the well supervised procedures in the Mossad and Shabak, two other secret services. This has been revealed recently by an investigation of a military commission, appointed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to examine the actions of Lt. Col. Boaz Harpaz, who is suspected of forgery.
State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, acted against the civil service rules when he transferred ownership on the company ”Ehud Barak Ltd” to his three daughters. According to the Asher committee’s decisions from 1977, a minister has to disengage from all business activities prior to taking office, and sell or lease his interests to a person outside his or her family.