Until the Harpaz Affair, Ashkenazi was rumored as a future contender for prime minister, being highly popular for having rebuilt the IDF after the 2006 Lebanon War, in which many thought the IDF under-performed.
Although still rumored as a potential contender for leadership of the Zionist Union party, after years of negative publicity and him being out of the spotlight, his prospects are less certain.
There are also indications that Weinstein will close the cases against other members of Ashkenazi’s high command, including his IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avi Benayahu and his chiefof- staff Col. (res.) Erez Winer.