Danino, Aharonovitch agree to end public feud over next police chief

Police inspector-general. and public security minister agree to no longer make public comments on appointment of next chief of police.

October 14, 2014 22:29
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Yohanan Danino

Yohanan Danino. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch will no longer make public comments on the appointment of the next chief of police, according to a statement that the National Police Headquarters put out Tuesday.

The two men had been engaged in a public war of words over the selection of the country’s next top cop.

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According to the statement, the two men met at Aharonovitch’s Tel Aviv office on Tuesday.

“The meeting was held with a positive atmosphere, and at the end they agreed that there won’t be any more public debate on the appointment of the next chief of police,” it read.

A day earlier, during a visit to the Temple Mount, Aharonovitch was asked about comments Danino had made in a weekend interview with Yediot Aharonot, in which the latter had expressed his opposition to appointing someone from outside the police as the next chief.

“This is a very miserable statement by the current chief of police, who is giving me suggestions,” Aharonovitch said. “These types of things are unnecessary, and I don’t accept them, and the chief should focus on his concerns and not who the next chief will be.”

The minister supports the possibility of appointing an outside official, a possibility that is increasingly likely in light of a number of top police commanders’ retirement in recent months. Among those commanders is Central District chief Bruno Stein, who resigned in September during a controversy over his attendance at the party of a man who is under investigation in a major corruption case.

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