Cleared for Publication: Israel Police Chief Nominee Is Roni Alsheich

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allows for publication of current Shin Bet deputy chief's name under the Shin Bet Law.

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Barak Ravid
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Israel Police chief nominee Roni Alsheikh.
Israel Police chief nominee Roni Alsheikh.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the publication of the name of the Israel Police chief nominee, currently serving as Shin Bet deputy chief, pursuant to his authority under the Shin Bet Law.

The nominee, previously only identified as "R," is Roni Alsheich.

The Turkel committee, which vets all senior civil service appointments, will meet on Thursday, October 1 at 10 A.M. Alsheich will appear before the committee, along with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, former Israel Police chief Yohanan Danino and Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen.

Alsheich is a 52-year-old, religious father of seven, who lived for many years in a settlement close to Ramallah. A few years ago, he and his family moved to a religious community in the center of the country.

He joined the army as a paratrooper in 1981 and went on to serve as commander of the Paratroop Brigade and deputy commander of the 50th battalion in the Nahal Brigade. His successor in the latter post was Gal Hirsch, the prior nominee for Israel Police chief.

After leaving the army in the late 1980s, he joined the Shin Bet and served in a variety of leading posts, four of which held a rank equivalent to army general.

He commanded the Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem sectors at the height of the Second Intifada, served as head of the southern sector and as head of the Operations Branch at GHQ. He has been deputy head of the service since September 2014.

Until now, he has been considered the candidate with the best prospects of succeeding current Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen, who is due to conclude his term in May 2016.

He is regarded as a true professional, particularly with regard to Palestinian affairs.

If he is appointed police commissioner, the contest for head of the Shin Bet will be changed completely.

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