Praise for IDF Officer Who Resigned Over Stolen Computers

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A view of the new Combined Military Training Bases in the Negev desert, near Be’er Sheva. The vacated IDF bases in the central region will be earmarked for the general housing market. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
A view of the new Combined Military Training Bases in the Negev desert, near Be’er Sheva. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Praise poured in late Wednesday for the head of the IDF Manpower Directorate, General Chagai Topolansky, who resigned his post in the wake of the theft of several army computers from his home. In a statement, Jewish Home MK Motti Yogev said that Topolansky “displayed courage in his decision, just as he displayed courage in his previous role as a fighter pilot. He was an example of professionalism throughout his career, and set a very high standard for himself and others.”

Topolansky submitted his resignation to the IDF Chief of Staff late Wednesday, after it was reported earlier that laptop computers belonging to the IDF, some with sensitive information, had been stolen from his home. The IDF said that his resignation was accepted “with a heavy heart, and in recognition of the extensive career he has had in the IDF.”

Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon (L), IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (R), Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai (2L) and incoming head of the IDF Manpower Directorate Hagai Topolanski seen at a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, where Topolanski receives the rank of major general, replacing Barbivai. September 08, 2014. Photo by IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90
Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (R.) and head of the IDF Manpower Directorate Chagai Topolansky seen at a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, in 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

The news of the theft, which took place in recent days, was released Wednesday afternoon. Thieves entered Topolansky’s house via an open window and stole the laptops and other items; his daughter’s car was also stolen. Topolansky was questioned under caution by police. Military police are also investigating, and may charge him with negligence, among other charges. Meanwhile, the search for the thieves continues. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Topolansky had been head of the Manpower Directorate for two years. Previously, he had been commander of the Israel Air Force.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that he “regretted to hear about the resignation. Chagai has set a personal example for responsibility, even at a high personal cost. He deserves great appreciation.” Speaking to Army Radio Thursday, MK Eyal Ben Reuven (Zionist Camp) said that Topolansky “demonstrated with his resignation the qualities of a soldier, a human being and a personal example. This is the IDF at its best, and a role model for all Israelis.”