Aharonovitch delays police chief appointment

Public security minister says delay will allow time for the state comptroller to verify allegations against Bar-Lev.

Aharonovitch 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
Aharonovitch 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday delayed the appointment of a new police chief - scheduled for Thursday - to allow time for the state comptroller to examine allegations against one of the candidates.
Two weeks ago, Aharnovitch submitted a list of candidates for police chief to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss for approval. On Thursday, Lindenstrauss indicated that a problem had been found regarding one of the candidates, and has asked for a delay in the appointment to examine it more closely.
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Speaking during a ceremony held at Beit Hanassi in Jerusalem during the evening, Aharonovitch said, "A few minutes ago, after consulting with the attorney general and the state comptroller, I decided to delay by a few days a recommendation for police chief, in order to allow time for checks and to ensure full transparency in the process, and to ensure that a police chief without a blemish is selected."

The minister lamented, "the which hunt we have witnessed over the past two weeks," referring to allegations against former front-running candidate Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev of sexual offenses. Bar-Lev has removed himself from the race for police chief and took a leave of absence last week.
"This episode has tarnished the police officers of the Israel Police, and unjustifiably so," he added.