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Meet the new Police Commissioner

Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has selected the officer to replace Commissioner Kobi Shabbtai at the head of the Israel Police.

Meet the new Police Commissioner

1st Friday of Ramadan:

Police comm warns of safety concerns on Temple Mount

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai writes to PM Netanyahu of risks posed by allowing unrestricted access to Temple Mount and by the alternative of imposing restrictions for safety concerns/

Police comm warns of safety concerns on Temple Mount

Police Commissioner supports Kaplan officers

Commissioner Kobi Shabbtai praised the officers who dispersed the protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night for their handling of a complex situation.

Police Commissioner supports Kaplan officers

Ben-Gvir to extend term of Police Commissioner

Those close to the minister explained that he was satisfied with how Commissioner Kobi Shabtai implemented his policies.

Ben-Gvir to extend term of Police Commissioner

Police commissioner: 'Zero tolerance for anyone who incites'

'Whoever incites against Israel, soldiers, or its police officers will be dealt with harshly,' Police comissioner Shabtai promises.

Police commissioner: 'Zero tolerance for anyone who incites'

Police commissioner:

Mass murder in Bedouin town 'the same as terrorism'

Commissioner Kobi Shabtai says murder of 5 members of same family in their home 'crosses red line.'

Mass murder in Bedouin town 'the same as terrorism'

Police no longer required to salute Ben-Gvir

The Police Commissioner has changed the policies requiring officers to salute state symbols, including ministers, at ceremonies.

Police no longer required to salute Ben-Gvir

'He stabbed me'

Retired officer files claim against Commissioner

In a complaint lodged with the Police Investigations Department, Amnon Alkelai claims the Commissioner stabbed him in the leg.

Retired officer files claim against Commissioner

Police recruitment surges, 1500 new officers enlisted

More than 12,000 individuals have applied to join the Israel Police following the recent increase in salary for police officers.

Police recruitment surges, 1500 new officers enlisted

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Police Commissioner’s duet with Hasidic singer

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai sings with Hasidic singer Uziel Daitsh at evening honoring Shabtai's brother.

Police Commissioner’s duet with Hasidic singer

1 killed, 3 hurt in motorcycle drive-by shooting in north

Teenager killed, father-son previously convicted for manslaughter injured in criminal shooting near Gan Shmuel.

1 killed, 3 hurt in motorcycle drive-by shooting in north

Ex-police official claims:

'Commissioner Shabtai stabbed me'

Fmr. Operations Directorate head Amnon Alkelai claims Commissioner Kobi Shabtai stabbed him in the leg and that he is unfit for his post.

'Commissioner Shabtai stabbed me'

Wouldn't expect anything else:

Commissioner backs officers' response to violent protesters

Police Commissioner Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai expressed support for officers who were filmed hitting protesters.

Commissioner backs officers' response to violent protesters

Police Commissioner to step down in January

Minister Ben Gvir and Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai agree that the latter will conclude his term in office on January 17, 2024.

Police Commissioner to step down in January

Samaria Council head demands apology from security forces

Samaria Council head Yossi Dagan denounced the statement by the ISA, IDF, and Israel Police as 'politcal and unprofessional.'

Samaria Council head demands apology from security forces

Ben-Gvir will not extend Police Commissioner's tenure

Itamar Ben-Gvir has announced that the Police Commissioner will not receive another year in office, citing professional shortcomings.

Ben-Gvir will not extend Police Commissioner's tenure

Ben-Gvir to appoint czar to handle crime in Arab sector

The czar would be responsible for the preparation and execution of operational programs to reduce crime in the Arab sector.

Ben-Gvir to appoint czar to handle crime in Arab sector

Police:

Iran, terrorists lying about Flag March going to Temple Mount

Police Commissioner warns Iran and its terrorist proxies spreading lies in order to incite violence against Jews on Jerusalem Day.

Iran, terrorists lying about Flag March going to Temple Mount

Police Commissioner:

'All signs point to Tel Aviv ramming being a terrorist attack'

Kobi Shabtai on dismissal of Tel Aviv District Commander: It was part of a round of appointments that were planned in advance.

'All signs point to Tel Aviv ramming being a terrorist attack'

Police chief:

'The Arabs murder one another, that is their mentality'

Channel 12 News publishes recordings of Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai making harsh statements against Israel's Arabs.

'The Arabs murder one another, that is their mentality'

Ben-Gvir's instructions to police in mixed cities for Ramadan

National Security Minister orders police commissioner to increase police manpower in mixed Jewish-Arab cities to prepare for Ramadan.

Ben-Gvir's instructions to police in mixed cities for Ramadan

Commissioner blasts Ben Gvir:

'He is driving the system crazy'

Israel Police Commissioner: National Security Minister is trying to be Commissioner but he has no idea what he's doing.

'He is driving the system crazy'

Police commissioner forbids officers from speaking with Ben-Gvir

Commissioner Shabtai tells police chiefs to direct Ben-Gvir to his office if minister or his staff attempt to contact them.

Police commissioner forbids officers from speaking with Ben-Gvir

Senior police officials: Ben-Gvir is harming our public image

Police officials say National Security Minister 'came with good intentions, but doesn't want to learn the job.'

Senior police officials: Ben-Gvir is harming our public image

Police Commissioner:

'I was mistaken in my discretion, timing, and method'

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai addressed the press regarding the removal of the Tel Aviv district commander.

'I was mistaken in my discretion, timing, and method'

'Left-wing and biased'

A-G freezes dismissal of Tel Aviv District Commander

National Security Minister blasts AG Baharav-Miara after she orders to freeze removal of Tel Aviv District Commander from his position.

A-G freezes dismissal of Tel Aviv District Commander

Anti-judicial reform demo:

Police Chief: 'We will not allow the blocking of main roads'

Demonstrations against the government's judicial reform are scheduled to be held in multiple locations across the country Saturday evening.

Police Chief: 'We will not allow the blocking of main roads'

Ben Gvir to Police chief:

'Ensure my policy on protesters blocking roads is enforced'

National Security Minister seeks to clarify his policy ahead of Saturday night's planned demonstrations against the judicial reform.

'Ensure my policy on protesters blocking roads is enforced'

Ben-Gvir: I told the police commissioner - this is my policy

National Security Minister vows operation in Jerusalem to continue, Lod will receive additional police officers following recent murders.

Ben-Gvir: I told the police commissioner - this is my policy

Police commissioner orders special team to deal with incitement

The team will deal with incitement to violence on "social media and any other media and platform".

Police commissioner orders special team to deal with incitement

Ben Gvir instructs not to return body of Neve Yaakov terrorist

National Security Minister disagrees with Police Commissioner's opinion that keeping the terrorist's body would result in disturbances.

Ben Gvir instructs not to return body of Neve Yaakov terrorist

Police Commissioner:

'I have no intentions of stepping down'

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai: The minister sets the policy, but does not replace the commander in the field.

'I have no intentions of stepping down'

Ben-Gvir clashes with police:

Police chief protests impossible demands, report claims

"I don't have enough officers to increase the pace of demolitions," Commissioner Shabtai tells National Security Minister.

Police chief protests impossible demands, report claims

After Jerusalem protest:

Ben Gvir reprimands police commander

National Security Minister summons commander of the Jerusalem District of the Israel Police to reprimand him following left-wing protest.

Ben Gvir reprimands police commander

Israel preparing for a security escalation after Shabbat attacks

Defense Minister, Police commissioner agree to increase IDF assistance to police after 7 murdered in synagogue shooting.

Israel preparing for a security escalation after Shabbat attacks

Ben-Gvir: The danger of Guardian of the Walls 2 is real

National Security Minister presents plan to bolster police force by raising police officer's salaries, establish national guard.

Ben-Gvir: The danger of Guardian of the Walls 2 is real

Lapid to Police Commissioner:

'Treat the protesters with respect, don't use water cannons'

Opposition leader writes to Police Commissioner ahead of protests: The demonstrators should be treated with respect.

'Treat the protesters with respect, don't use water cannons'

Ben Gvir's new directive:

Remove PLO flags and disperse incidents of incitement

National Security Minister instructs Police Commissioner to allow every policeman on duty to remove PLO flags.

Remove PLO flags and disperse incidents of incitement

Ben-Gvir meets Police Commissioner for first time

New National Security Minister holds first working meeting with Commissioner Shabtai, ceremony changing ministry name this afternoon.

Ben-Gvir meets Police Commissioner for first time

Police Commissioner:

'Rabbi Druckman knew how to bridge between groups'

Police Chief Kobi Shabtai visited the family of Rabbi Chaim Druckman: 'An educator who raised generations of students.'

'Rabbi Druckman knew how to bridge between groups'

Ben-Gvir, police comm. light Hanukkah candles together at Kotel

National Security Minister-designate and police commissioner participate in ceremony to light candles for 2nd day of Hanukkah.

Ben-Gvir, police comm. light Hanukkah candles together at Kotel

Poll:

Public thinks Ben Gvir won the coalition talks

Half of the Israelis say Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai should resign over law giving Ben Gvir expanded powers over the police.

Public thinks Ben Gvir won the coalition talks

Ben-Gvir:

'I want to stop the Police Commissioner from wasting money'

According to the designated National Security Minister, Shabtai demanded four Black Hawk helicopters, among other things.

'I want to stop the Police Commissioner from wasting money'

Pressure within police for commissioner Shabtai to resign

Current, former senior police officials demand commissioner resign in protest against Ben-Gvir's reforms.

Pressure within police for commissioner Shabtai to resign

Report:

Total disconnect between Ben-Gvir and Police Commissioner

Members of Ben-Gvir's circle say that he has been ignoring requests from Commissioner Kobi Shabtai out of protest and disappointment

Total disconnect between Ben-Gvir and Police Commissioner

Ben-Gvir to AG: Stop appointments of senior police officers

The designated National Security Minister sent the Attorney General an urgent letter demanding all police appointments stop for now.

Ben-Gvir to AG: Stop appointments of senior police officers

'He acted professionally'

Police Commissioner praises officer who neutralized terrorist

Border Police officer who neutralized terrorist: I realized that if I don't neutralize him, there will be a significant attack here.

Police Commissioner praises officer who neutralized terrorist

Police commissioner:

'Terrorist is dead - this is what I want to see'

Commissioner Kobi Shabtai praises officers who responded to ramming attack and elminated the terrorist in Binyamin.

'Terrorist is dead - this is what I want to see'

Police Commissioner to INN:

'We are happy to see thousands coming to the Temple Mount'

Police Commissioner speaks to INN about preparations for the holidays and the desire to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount.

'We are happy to see thousands coming to the Temple Mount'

Police chief proposes shutting down social media to quell unrest

TikTok blamed for fanning flames in last summer's Arab-Jew violence in mixed cities.

Police chief proposes shutting down social media to quell unrest

Photo of terrorist published

Police Commissioner: This was a terrorist attack

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai visits scene of murder of 84-year-old woman in Holon.

Police Commissioner: This was a terrorist attack

Police Chief won't resign after Meron disaster warning letter

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai responds to letter from Commission of Inquiry into the Meron Disaster.

Police Chief won't resign after Meron disaster warning letter

Meron Disaster Inquiry

Warning letter sent to Police Chief, Netanyahu

The letters were sent to those who held positions that were relevant to the disaster. Ministers and senior police officials among them.

Warning letter sent to Police Chief, Netanyahu

Israel and Morocco advance joint efforts against crime

Israel and Morocco agreed efforts against crime and terrorism during Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai's visit to Rabat.

Israel and Morocco advance joint efforts against crime

Yamam dog killed in Shechem trapped terror victim's murderer

Police Commissioner Shabtai praises Yamam activities in Shechem, eulogizes dog Zili, a 'real fighter on four legs.'

Yamam dog killed in Shechem trapped terror victim's murderer

Moishe Kleinerman's family: Big change in police attitude

Police Commissioner says investigation in case of child who has been missing for more than 100 days starts with assumption he is alive.

Moishe Kleinerman's family: Big change in police attitude

Police commissioner warns: Police force stretched to the limit

'We're nearing the day when there will be an emergency, and we won't be able to come at all,' Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai warns.

Police commissioner warns: Police force stretched to the limit

Police reinforce Jerusalem ahead of Flag March

3,000 policemen to secure Jerusalem Day Flag march as thousands more deployed throughout the country to prevent violence.

Police reinforce Jerusalem ahead of Flag March

Police Commissioner:

'Elad terrorists are like wounded animals, may strike again'

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai briefs police joining search for terrorists who murdered 3 in Elad.

'Elad terrorists are like wounded animals, may strike again'

Commissioner instructs:

Minimum number of police officers on Temple Mount

Commissioner instructs Jerusalem District Commander to change his approach to Temple Mount disturbances.

Minimum number of police officers on Temple Mount