Probes Delay Naming of Top Cop
Minister of Public Security announces he is putting off naming of next Police Commissioner for a few more days.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/1/2010, 8:07 PM / Last Update: 12/1/2010, 8:35 PM
The Minister of Public Security, Yitzchak Aharonovich, said Wednesday that he would not be announcing his choice for the next Commissioner of Police on Thursday as planned.
"In consultation with the Attorney General and the State Comptroller,” he stated, “I have decided to put off for several days the recommendation for the appointment of a new police commissioner in order to make it possible to complete all of the inquiries and to ensure the full transparency of the process, so that a commissioner who is without blemish can be appointed."
The latest delay is reportedly due to a probe being conducted against a leading candidate, Maj.-Gen. Yochanan Danino. The allegations concern the deaths of two police undercover agents, who had warned that their lives were in danger. The warnings were allegedly ignored by their handlers, under Maj.-Gen. Danino.
These reports come on the heels of sundry scandalous allegations that were raised in the past two weeks against another top contender for the post, Major-General Uri Bar-Lev.
The allegations against Bar-Lev involve supposed extramarital affairs and related misconduct.
The allegations have exposed a worrying picture of rampant marital infidelity among Israel's top police officers, and of improper ties between a high-profile female adviser to the Ministry of Public Security, top police officers, a former Director of the Ministry of Public Security, the Mayor of Eilat and others.
The adviser runs the "City without Violence" program, a multi-million-dollar program heavily funded by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews' Fellowship Foundation.
Further complicating matters is the tendency of Israeli news outlets to aggressively trumpet all allegations by women against men in positions of power, and to automatically side with the complainants.