Danino Term as Police Chief Extended, Despite Scandals
The government extended the term of the head of the Israel Police, Yochanan Danino, by an additional year Sunday. The cabinet voted unanimously for the extension.
Speaking at the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Danino deserved the extension. “There has been a significant improvement in the performance of the police, especially as it relates to the fight against crime and traffic accidents. Danino has been leading this effort, and it is for this reason I accepted the recommendation to extend his term.”
The extension of Danino's term comes despite two investigations that have tarnished the reputation of police in recent days. According to reports, a senior police officer is suspected of receiving bribes from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, one of Israel’s most influential rabbis. The officer in question is Major General Menashe Arbiv, who heads the Lahav 433 Unit of the Israel Police, which investigates national crimes and corruption and is one of the police's elite units.
The Attorney General and the State Attorney were reportedly given information implicating Arbiv or members of his family of receiving benefits from people close to Rabbi Pinto. The exact nature of these benefits is not clear, but the matter is being investigated by the Department for Investigation of Policemen in the Justice Ministry.
In a second investigation, a woman has complained that a high ranking police officer molested her. That incident, too, is being investigated.
Speaking to top police brass Sunday, Danino said that the incidents “will continue making headlines in the coming days. What is needed is leadership and concentration on dealing with police matters in the most professional way possible.”