Israeli Public Security Minister Names Deputy Police Chief; Still Waiting for a Chief

Erdan taps police Maj. Gen. Alon Assur for No. 2 spot, giving him inside track to commissioner’s job

Josh Breiner
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Police Maj. Gen. Alon Assur in 2016.
Police Maj. Gen. Alon Assur in 2016.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Josh Breiner

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan approved the appointment of police Maj. Gen. Alon Assur as deputy police commissioner, a position that has not had a permanent appointment for half a year.

The appointment was facilitated by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s legal opinion, which allowed Erdan and Acting Police Commissioner Motti Cohen to make the appointment during an election season, and even though there is no permanent police commissioner. This appointment gives Assur a springboard to being named commissioner in the future.

Assur, 54, has been commander of the northern police district for the past two years. Before that he was commander of the Police College, and in the past commanded police stations in Rosh Ha’ayin and Petah Tikva. Assur was promoted quickly by former commissioner Roni Alsheich, who was said to admire him. The primary criticism against Assur was that he was promoted without having served as commander of a police region.

In turn, Brig. Gen. Shimon Lavi was named northern district commander. Lavi, 49, is now deputy commander of the central district and in the past served as a commander of the Dan region and the Sharon region.

Mendelblit also allowed Brig. Gen. Ayelet Yeruham, commander of the logistical support branch, to be promoted to major general, a move delayed by several months due to technical legal issues.