Cabinet Approves Alsheich's Appointment as Israel's Next Police Chief

Former deputy Shin Bet head will take over Israel Police in a month.

Tomer Appelbaul

The cabinet approved Sunday of Roni Alsheich’s appointment as the new Israel Police commissioner. Though the former commissioner has already retired, Alsheich will take office only in a month, since he requested time to get to know the police before taking on the top job.

Until now, he has served as deputy head of the Shin Bet security service. In the meantime, acting commissioner Bentzi Sau will continue heading the force. Sau has apparently also agreed to remain in the police even after Alsheich takes office, in light of the recent wave of terror attacks.

Alsheich, 52, was a deputy battalion commander in the army before switching to the Shin Bet, where he most recently served as deputy head and, on occasion, acting head of the organization. The police welcomed his appointment. The Turkel Committee, which vets senior civil service appointments, green-lighted Alsheich’s candidacy two weeks ago.