Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen 311.
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Organized crime in Israel is on the back foot thanks to new powerful police
units like Lahav 433 and the increased effectiveness of district central units,
outgoing police chief Insp.-Gen. David Cohen said during an annual conference in
the Tel Aviv District.
Referring to the recent arrests of alleged Jaffa
underworld kingpin Izat Hamad and several affiliates, Cohen said the
investigation would lower crime levels in Tel Aviv and Jaffa in a recognizable
way. He added that many underworld bosses, such as Ze’ev Rosenstein, Itzik Bar-
Mocha, the Abergils, Shalom Domrani and others were behind bars, striking a blow
to organized crime.
'Ultra violent racketeering' crime ring smashed by police
Police arrest leading members of Bar-Moha crime ring
Cohen also referred to the case of former president
Moshe Katsav, who was sentenced to seven years for rape on Tuesday, saying
former Israel Police Investigations Department head Cmdr. Yoav Seglovitch had
handled the investigation with “professionalism and sensitivity, while
safeguarding the suspect’s rights and the public’s right to
Responding to comments made during the conference by Tel Aviv
mayor Ron Huldai, who said he would like to have seen the establishment of a
municipal police force, Cohen urged police officers to ensure that the force
“remains a single, national force 100 years from now.”
had said he hoped a police chief would appear who would support the
establishment of a municipal police force.
Outgoing Tel Aviv Police head
Cmdr. Shahar Ayalon used the conference to bid farewell to his
During the conference, 2010 figures for the Tel Aviv District
were revealed, showing a 50-percent increase in the number of knife-possession
cases opened. At the same time, a 41% decrease was noted in the number of
vehicle break-ins and thefts.