Yeshiva head says he has ‘no stake’ in Shin Bet selection

Or Etzion's Rabbi Haim Druckman refutes media reports, stresses he was “neither for, nor against, this or the other person” for position.

By JONAH MANDEL,
November 17, 2010 02:38
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Rabbi Haim Druckman refuted on Tuesday night media reports that he had attempted to sway the selection of the future head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and stressed that he was “neither for, nor against, this or the other person” for the position.

Israel Radio had reported that security officials called upon the premier to prevent any outside political interference in the security establishment appointment process, following a report that Druckman sent a letter requesting a meeting on the topic.

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Druckman, who heads the Or Etzion Yeshiva and served for years as an MK, told The Jerusalem Post that months ago he had requested a meeting with the prime minister, solely to “bring to his knowledge that there are senior members in the organization he should interview and meet with. I have no stake in who is appointed,” he stressed.

According to the radio report, certain prominent figures within the national religious sector are concerned over the possibility that the next Shin Bet head will be the former head of the non-Arab sector in the service, who deteriorated relations between the security body and the settlers.

The main candidates to replace current chief Yuval Diskin come from within the Shin Bet and include one of his former deputies who, if tapped for the job, would became the first national religious agent to serve as the director of the Shin Bet.

There has been speculation that one of the candidates who missed out on becoming the next IDF chief of General Staff might vie for the post. This is especially likely because most of the candidates who lost to Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant have remained in the military. Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz is said to not be interested in the post.

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