Newly Appointed Israel Police Chief Delays Taking Office After Breaking Leg

Acting commissioner Bentzi Sau will remain in office until further notice after Roni Alsheich is hospitalized with a severe fracture.

Tomer Appelbaul

A day before the new police commissioner was due to take office at the commissioner of the Israel Police, Roni Alsheich has sustained a severe leg fracture that has landed him in the hospital and will preventing him from taking office immediately.

Bentzi Sau, who has been acting commissioner since the beginning of August, will remain at the helm of the police until further notice, the Israel Police announced. Alsheich's formal installation as commissioner had been due to take place on Monday. Alsheich was hospitalized over the weekend at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Initial tests revealed the severe fracture, requiring surgery and several days in the hospital.

Alsheich's appointment came after Israel Defense Force Brig. Gen. Gal Hirsch's candidacy was withdrawn. Alsheich's initial start date was then deferred by a month to give him time to familiarize himself with the force.

Alsheich, 52 and the father of seven, served in a variety of positions in the IDF and after leaving the army in the 1980s, joined the Shin Bet security service, where he held a number of senior posts, most recently as the agency's deputy director.