"This was a complex case that made for a very difficult decision," Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said Monday, describing the decision to close the criminal case against former IDF Military Intelligence Chief Major-General Eli Zeira.
Zeira, who refused to comment on the decision, was suspected of exposing the identity of Egyptian Mossad agent Ashraf Marwan during the Yom Kippur War.
"The Yom Kippur War is still very much a national trauma. The possibility that issues pertaining to the war will be the focus of a lengthy trial, which will undoubtedly delve into the heart of historical arguments, is problematic," Weinstein said.
"The grave aspects of the case, the ramifications they may carry for people who are no longer in service and the need to maintain secrets they were privy to as part of their service, were all taken into account… at the end of the day, the circumstance mandated this case be closed," the AG said.
Despite the grave offenses attributed to Zeira, "The time passed begged the question of the prosecution's relevance, so many years after the fact," Weinstein said.
"We also considered that public interest in pursing a criminal case against Major-General Zeira, who is 84 now, and has always served this country well," he concluded.
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