Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s decision to close the so-called Harpaz Affair case against cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit could bear heavily on whether Mandelblit replaces him as the next attorney-general, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thought to prefer.
The Harpaz Affair refers to a grand battle between former defense minister Ehud Barak and former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi over efforts by Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz to discredit Barak’s initial pick to succeed Ashkenazi.
The decision could also impact on whether Ashkenazi returns as one of the most formidable figures in politics – possibly even a future prime minister.