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Jerusalem - Former Shin Bet Deputy Director Officially Sworn In As Israel's New Police Commissioner

Published on: December 4, 2015 10:16 AM
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Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh seen with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony held in Alsheikh's honour, at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, on December 03, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90 Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh seen with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony held in Alsheikh's honour, at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, on December 03, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Jerusalem - Following a five month vacancy, former Shin Bet deputy director Roni Alsheikh was officially sworn in as Israel’s new police commissioner during a brief ceremony at the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday.

The appointment of Alsheikh, who was sworn in by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, ended an extended vacancy that was wrought with controversy following the exit of previous commissioner Yohanan Danino.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister Erdan’s original nomination, IDF Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch, was withdrawn after the attorney general withdrew his support amid objections raised by the High Court.

Alsheikh, who appeared at the ceremony on crutches, used levity in addressing the public with regard to his commitment, saying, ““A short while ago I was sworn in, in a humble ceremony. The crutches aren’t part of the protocol, but the Almighty made sure that my left leg would break, so as to insure that I’d enter the office on the right foot.”

Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on December 3, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on December 3, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh is greeted at the welcoming ceremony held in Alsheikh's honour, at the National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem, on December 03, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90 Incoming Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh is greeted at the welcoming ceremony held in Alsheikh's honour, at the National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem, on December 03, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

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 Dec 04, 2015 at 10:19 AM albroker Says:

it is always nice that frum people with 7 children get these high positions, enough of these Meretz types in charge.

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 Dec 04, 2015 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

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albroker Says:

it is always nice that frum people with 7 children get these high positions, enough of these Meretz types in charge.

Ah...u can't handle it...!

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