Appointments Committee Greenlights Roni Alsheich's Candidacy for Israel Police Chief

After some debate, candidacy of Shin Bet's second-in-command passes first hurdle en route to becoming Israel's next police commissioner.

Tomer Appelbaum

The Prime Minister's Office announced on Thursday that the Committee on Senior Appointments, headed by retired Judge Jacob Turkel, has greenlighted the candidacy of Shin Bet second-in-command Roni Alsheich for Israel Police commissioner.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appeared before the committee along with former Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, as well as Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, and Alsheich himself.

The committee declared that there is no cause for preventing the appointment of Alsheich as the next Israel Police commissioner, and passed its decision along to Erdan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Erdan welcomed the decision, and he said the nomination has already been submitted for Cabinet approval at its next meeting. "I'm confident that Roni has all the necessary skills and experience to lead the Israeli Police forward, and lead a revolution in the public service sphere." 

Erdan announced last week that he would recommend Alsheich, deputy head of the Shin Bet, to the government for the job. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Erdan agreed on the appointment, saying that he prefers Alsheich see the role of the police commissioner and not as head of the Shin Bet.

Married with seven children, Alsheich, 52, wears a skullcap. For many years, he lived in a settlement in the Ramallah area, until a few years ago when he moved a religious community in the country's center. He joined the Paratroopers Brigade in 1981, and commanded the brigade's engineering company. His last position was deputy commander of army battalion 50.

Upon his discharge from the army late '80s he joined the Shin Bet, where he served in various senior positions, including four parallel positions champion. For the past year he has served as deputy Shin Bet chief, a role which is responsible for the service's use of force, and also serves as deputy head of the Shin Bet.