Adviser to Israel Police resigns following ongoing criticism

Horev was recently named by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a figure who operated against him within the police.

November 19, 2017 20:33
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Border police confront protestors in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Border police confront protestors in the Old City of Jerusalem.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Lior Horev will be no longer provide his services as an external adviser to the Israel Police, according to a statement released on Sunday.

Last week, Horev asked Police Population and Communications Department head Yuval Gat to take him off the list of external advisers. Horev’s company, “Goldfinger Communication,” will reportedly still provide its services to the police.

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“The head of the Police Population and Communications Department approved his [Horev’s] request and thanked him for his contribution to the Israel Police in the many issues he dealt with,” the police statement said.

Horev was recently named by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a figure who operated against him within the police.

Following a Channel 2 News report in October regarding investigations of the prime minister, Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: “Since the political adviser Lior Horev was appointed to be an external police adviser – costing millions in expense to the taxpayer and with no tender – the illegal leaks [from the investigations] became a tsunami, and the decision to avoid making recommendations disappeared.”

Horev posted on Facebook on Sunday the letter he wrote to Gat, in which he said that there was “an ongoing planned and unprecedented campaign against the Israel Police in order to weaken it and prevent it from preforming it duty.”

Horev claimed that some officials are trying to sabotage and delegitimize the police and its actions.

“Unfortunately, they also used my job as an adviser to the police as a means to hassle it,” he said.

Two weeks ago, it was reported that the attorney of the Public Security Ministry issued a report that said Horev breached the terms of his contract because he used his Twitter account to criticize political figures.

In response, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said: “Tweeting is taking a stance – every adviser that takes part in political activity while being employed by police is harming the people’s trust in the police. This reports speaks for itself. It found the Horev breached his contract. I give my full support to the police chief and trust him to work for the best of the police and to the people’s trust of the police.”

Earlier this month, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee held a special meeting on the topic, after which committee chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud) said: “A strategic adviser to the police chief is constantly speaking against MKs and ministers on Twitter... How is it possible that a person who police pay NIS 800,000 per year keeps defaming MKs and cabinet ministers?”

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