'Many in religious community expect me to go easy on PM'

Police Commissioner Alsheikh talks about his relations with the Religious Zionist community as he probes Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Roni Alsheikh
Roni Alsheikh
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Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh said that he has not felt any opposition from the Religious Zionist community he belongs to despite his prominent role in investigating Prime Minister Netanyahu.

A former resident of the town of Kochav Hashachar in Samaria, Alsheikh has close ties not only with the Religious Zionist community, but the settlement movement.

"The public is very, very supportive of me, at least the public I deal with," Alsheikh said in an interview with the Makor Rishon newspaper. "I don't avoid walking anywhere and walk into all of the Synagogues in Givat Shmuel, for Torah classes, weddings, or any other joyous occasion."

However, Alsheikh also criticized the largely right-wing Religious Zionist community for what he said was its expectation that he would ease up on the multiple police probes of the premier.

"This approach is mistaken because Religious Zionism is supposed to educate its youth to care about everyone in Israel. The community should know that a Religious Zionist Minister is not supposed to care only about the [Religious Zionist] sector but for everyone. This includes the police commissioner, of course," said Alsheikh.

Alsheikh also said that state's witness Micki Ganor had provided key evidence in the 'Case 3000' investigation, which centers around allegations that Netanyahu's personal lawyer, David Shimron, pushed for a multi-billion shekel deal to purchase new submarines from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp, which is a client of Shimron's.

“He provided the goods and did so very well,” Alsheikh said. |I think he gave everything he promised to give, and more." The commissioner stressed that the prime minister is not suspected of any connection to the affair.

In February, Alsheikh hinted in an unprecedented interview to the 'Uvda' investigative program that Netanyahu dispatched private investigators to collect information about police officials tasked with investigating the prime minister and criticized Netanyahu for slamming the police investigation as politically motivated.




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