Po­lice ac­cuse PM and J’lem Dis­trict head of se­cret deal

Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By TA­MARA ZIEVE

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials have ac­cused Jerusalem Po­lice head Asst.-Ch. Yo­ram Halevy of hold­ing se­cret talks with Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, with an eye to af­fect­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the prime min­is­ter and help­ing to pro­mote Halevy as the next com­mis­sioner of the Is­rael Po­lice, Chan­nel 2 re­ported on Thurs­day.

In re­sponse, other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers claim that as­so­ciates of in­cum­bent com­mis­sioner Insp.-Gen. Roni Al­she­ich are be­hind an at­tempt to thwart Halevy’s can­di­dacy to head the force.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice de­nied the Chan­nel 2 re­port as a “to­tal lie” and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials told Chan­nel 2 News: “Like in the Harpaz Af­fair [re­gard­ing the se­lec­tion of the IDF chief of staff sev­eral years ago], the com­man­der of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is try­ing to top­ple a po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor via lies...”

“He is try­ing to pre­pare him­self for a fourth year in of­fice,” they were quoted as say­ing.

The po­lice spokesman said in a state­ment: “The Is­rael Po­lice re­jects the claims of con­fronta­tions and any other state­ments re­gard­ing the na­ture of re­la­tion­ships with se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers. The po­lice com­mis­sioner has led many re­forms in the po­lice force to­gether and in full co­op­er­a­tion with the en­tire se­nior com­mand staff.

“The po­lice com­mis­sioner will con­tinue to work to­gether with Asst.-Ch. Yo­ram Halevy to main­tain a nor­mal rou­tine for the res­i­dents of Jerusalem and the sur­round­ing area. Again we are wit­ness­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion that was sup­pos­edly in the name of the

po­lice com­mis­sioner or ‘his as­so­ciates.’”

MK Re­vi­tal Swid said in re­sponse to the re­port: “Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Gi­lad Er­dan must an­nounce his rec­om­men­da­tion to ex­tend the term of Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Al­she­ich and calm the sys­tem. It is in­con­ceiv­able that, at this time, there will be fric­tion and con­fronta­tion at the top level of the po­lice force,” she said.

“It is Er­dan’s duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure quiet and to stand by the po­lice in the face of evil in­ten­tions, and there is no short­age of them,” Swid said. •

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