Former IDF officer Gal Hirsch won't be next police chief, Erdan says

September 23, 2015 21:31

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced on Wednesday that he is withdrawing the appointment of former IDF officer Gal Hirsch as the next police commissioner.

In a post on his Facebook page, Erdan said that while he consider Hirsch a worthy candidate, the process of legally vetting his suitability for the job - in light of possible conflicts of interests stemming from his previous responsibilities as the head of an arms trading company - was too lengthy.

"Out of a sense of responsibility to the Israel Police, I have notified Gal Hirsch that I will be looking elsewhere to appoint the next commissioner," Erdan wrote.

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