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Shin Bet Number 2, a Settler, New Candidate for Police Commissioner

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) on Friday recommended to the Prime Minister appointing the deputy head of the Shin Bet as Israel’s police commissioner. Sources in the PM’s office have told NRG that Netanyahu gave his consent for the appointment. Erdan will submit his name in a few days to the Turkel Commission which supervises major civil service appointments.

The candidate, known for the time being only by his initial R., is one of the deputies of the current Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, and has been considered as his successor, but it appears he would accept the top police job instead. R wears a yarmulke (skullcap), and until a few years ago lived in a settlement in the Binyamin region. Because of his promotion in the Shin Bet, he moved to the Givat Shmuel neighborhood in Jerusalem. Sources in Israel’s security apparatus say R. is one of the sharpest minds in the organization today.

The candidate joined the Paratroopers Brigade in 1981 and left the army after serving as company commander in an elite commando unit, and as deputy commander of Battalion 50 in the Nahal Brigade. He joined the Shin Bet in 1987, where moved up the ranks to a position equivalent to that of a Major General.

R. has served as head of the Shin Bet Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria area, as head of the Southern Region and head of staff recruitment. As of September 2014 he has been serving as deputy chief of the Shin Bet. He holds a Master’s degree with honors in political science.

According to sources inside the Internal Security Ministry, Erdan sees R. as the man who can shake up the country’s troubled police force, which has been battling a string of high echelon corruption and sexual abuse cases, while struggling to meet the challenges of increasing Arab violence in and around Jerusalem.

Minister Erdan wants to bring the commissioner’s appointment to a speedy conclusion, after his previous candidate, Gal Hirsch, dropped out last week. Erdan appears to trust that R. has had an ongoing working relationship with police brass, as opposed to Hirsch who was viewed as a foreign transplant.

Opposition Media Defeat Bibi on Ex-IDF Officer as Police Chief

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Former Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch has been removed as a candidate to take over the police department, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced Wednesday evening after the Yom Kippur holiday.

Israel’s establishment media, a synonym for anti-Netanyahu media, have campaigned daily to highlight criticism of Hirsch, primarily because of his conduct at the beginning of the Second Lebanese War.

Relatives of soldiers killed in the war have directly blamed Hirsch for not having responded properly to the kidnap of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were killed by Hezbollah.

A government investigating commission cleared Hirsch of blame, and Erdan complained Wednesday in a statement:

He is a clean and innocent man. Hirsch is not suspected of anything, and no one has filed complaints against him.

Attorney General Yehudah Weinstein, whose recent opposition to several government decisions includes those that are not even in his realm of authority, put the death knell on Hirsch’s being police commissioner by saying it could take months before an investigation is finished concerning possible conflicts of interest concerning Hirsch’s private company that was involved in trading arms.

Weinstein left open the possibility that Hirsch in the end may not be cleared, and retired Supreme Court Justice Yaakov Turkel, head of the government committee that decides on the nomination of Hirsch, made things worse by stating last week he could not reach a conclusion.

In other words, the entire process will be dragged while the police department languishes without a permanent leader at a time when Jews in Jerusalem have become sitting ducks for Arab terrorists testing out their rock-throwing arms.

Now Weinstein has another feather in his hat to gain the good will of the anti-Netanyahu media and perhaps giving himself a better shot at being a Supreme Court justice in the future.

Netanyahu was bitter over Hirsch’s being yanked and stated:

Gal Hirsch is the right man for the post of Police Commissioner… For a month already Gal Hirsch’s good name has been trampled anew by critics. And for what? For agreeing to leave successful work and to report for a challenging and important national mission for all citizens of the state.

He agreed without hesitation and look what happened:

Slander and denigration. It is not proper to act this way toward someone who has sacrificed his best years, energy and talent on behalf of the State of Israel.

Now Erdan has to look for another candidate for chief of the police, whose upper echelon was furious at Erdan for nominating as police commissioner a man who has no record of sexual harassment or bribery, unlike many other senior police officers.

Weinstein promoted himself as an authority on the necessary background for a police commissioner by mocking Erdan’s desire to appoint a commissioner from outside the police department.

Iceland Capital’s Israel Boycott is Flagrant Violation of WTO Treaty

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The City Councillors of the capital of Iceland, that tiny little Island nation of former Vikings, have their knickers in a twist over the “Occupation” by Israel of what they call the “Palestinian Territories.” The knickers must be twisted too tightly, because what they did to express their displeasure is going to get their national government in trouble.

The 15-member City Council passed a motion banning the city of Reykjavik from purchasing any goods made in Israel. Reykjavik went whole hog – all Israeli goods were banned under its new law, not just goods made or grown beyond the “Green Line.” The measure was passed by a majority of the City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The motion was sponsored by retiring Councillor Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, of the center-left Social Democrats. The motion was introduced in 2014, as a response to that summer’s conflict between Hamas and Israel. Vilhelmsdóttir also encouraged individuals to boycott all Israeli goods.

The preamble to the new law states that the City of Reykjavik will not purchase any goods from Israel so long as that country “occupies Palestinian territories.”

In the opinion of the Reykjavik City Council, Israel deserves to be slapped – at least symbolically – for “violating international agreements” and for treating Palestinian Arabs with a form of Apartheid, akin to South Africa.

Vilhelmsdóttir claims neither she nor her legislative action have anything to do with anti-Semitism, and neither are opposed to Israel, merely to the current government of Israel.

The councillor’s husband, Sveinn Runar Hauksson, is the head of the Iceland-Palestine Association.

Sveinn Runar Hauksson (center), husband of Björk Vilhelmsdóttir

Sveinn Runar Hauksson (center), husband of Björk Vilhelmsdóttir

On the Councillor’s Facebook page, she features a picture of two young girls holding a huge poster of a man with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanuyahu’s head on the body of a Nazi officer.

picture featured on Facebook page of Bjork Vilhelmsdottir

picture featured on Facebook page of Bjork Vilhelmsdottir

Although most photographs of Hauksson show him wearing a kefiyah expressing allegiance to Fatah, his Facebook page boasts a picture of him in 2010 handing an award to the then-Prime Minister of Gaza and head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh.

The spouse of Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, with Ismail Haniyeh, Hama leader.

The spouse of Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, with Ismail Haniyeh, Hama leader.


Hauksson not only dislikes Israel, he is not too fond of the United States, and hoped its defeat by Vietnam would be celebrated all over the world.


Svein R Hauksson tweet re VNam


The boycott motion passed this week expresses Reykjavik’s disapproval of the “racial apartheid government in Israel,” and compares Israel to South Africa under apartheid. The law also expresses support for the “right of Palestinians to an independent and sovereign state within the borders of the Six-Day War in 1967.” So much for only opposing the current government of Israel.

The new boycott law states:

Boycotting products is a peaceful way to influence governments in countries where human rights are not respected and where international agreements are disregarded. One example of when boycotting had a big impact on a country was when countries all over the world decided to boycot South Africa because of its apartheid regime. In recent years, an increasing number of individuals, organisations, counties and states have taken up boycotts against Israel where the situation is not unlike the sitution in South Africa during the time of the apartheid regime. (Emphasis added.)

Interesting that the motion should mention wrongdoing countries where “international agreements are disregarded.”

Arabs Planned to Explode Pipe Bombs at Jews on Temple Mount

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Masked Arab rioters had prepared pipe bombs to be filled with explosives in a planned pogrom against Jews and non-Jewish tourists on the Temple Mount Sunday.

Advanced intelligence helped police foil the attack, and law enforcement officers startled the Arabs shortly after dawn, as reported here.

Police spokesmen stated:

Masked protesters who were inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at police. Suspect pipes that could be filled with homemade explosives were also found at the entry to the [Al Aqsa] mosque.

Police later removed any doubts that the objects were not pipe bombs.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the presence of pipe bombs at the on the Temple Mount “requires all of us to think again about arrangements” at the holy site.

Almost exactly a year ago, violence on the Temple Mount appeared to be on the verge of an all-out religious war, but a secret meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah resulted in a mutual understanding that Jews would continue to be prohibited from praying on the Temple Mount and Arabs Muslims would put a stop to violence.

The understanding lasted for several months, but a new round of escalation began several months ago.

Jordan’s reaction to today’s clash was not encouraging, and the Kingdom blamed Israel for “raiding” the mosque.

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported,:
An AFP journalist saw a number of people being detained and heavy police deployments in the Old City.

A Palestinian boy identified as Anas Siyam was evacuated to hospital after he was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest. His condition is unknown….

A spokesman of the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah movement in Jerusalem, Raafat Ulayyan, urged the Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel to ‘hurry to defend’ the holy Muslim place from which ‘our prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.’

Gal Hirsch at Vortex of War between Right and Left, Old and New

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) On Tuesday, Police Commissioner designate Gal Hirsch appears before the Turkel Commission which approves senior appointments in the civil service. Besides Hirsch, the committee, convening in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, will also hear from Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) and from outgoing Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.

When Minister Erdan introduced Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gal Hirsch as his pick for the next Israeli police commissioner, his decision provoked angry reactions from several segments of the Israeli public. Police brass were disappointed to discover that the minister opted to go above their heads and not promote a new chief from within; parents of fallen soldiers who served under Hirsch in Lebanon who blamed Hirsch for their tragedies; and the left-wing opposition parties who view Hirsch as a privileged child of the military industrial complex.

The adage regarding showing who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are works just as well here with Hirsch’s (and Erdan’s) enemies. Save for the bereaved parents, who are critical about a specific month, July 12 through August 14, 2006, known as the Second Lebanon War, aka the Israel–Hezbollah War, the other two groups can be seen as the old guard watching helplessly while the country’s emerging, right-wing consensus is winning the day.

Hirsch’s 25-year military career has been forever marred by his performance during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Shortly after the war, IDF Chief of Staff General Dan Halutz, who resigned from his post over his own performance in the same war, was going to appoint Hirsch head of IDF Strategic Planning Division, but Hirsch decided to resign in December 2006, ahead of the publication of a report by a committee headed by Major General Doron Almog, that recommended removing Hirsch from the Army. Hirsch was eventually cleared of the report’s charges against him, but Halutz decided to let him stay resigned nevertheless.

A later report, issued by an Israeli government-appointed commission of inquiry, chaired by retired judge Eliyahu Winograd, blamed Hirsch for a share in the responsibility for the disorganized campaign waged by the IDF, which resulted in Hezbollah being able to kill 121 IDF soldiers, and to wage a rocket attack that killed 46 Israeli civilians (among them 19 Arabs).

The committee went out of its way to criticize Hirsch’s orders, saying “the division commander’s language was creative—some depicted it as poetic,” but stressing that his artistic originality made it difficult for subordinates to translate his words into an effective military operation.

Some bereaved parents started a campaign against Hirsch’s appointment even as they admitted they had never known him personally, and acknowledged that he was only one man in an entire military machine that went unhinged. Other bereaved parents, especially those living in the war zone, in northern Israel, actually praised Hirsch for having kept the border with Lebanon calm for four years prior to the war.

Outgoing Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino will be appearing to object to the appointment. Danino believes in promotion from within the police ranks, despite the fact that only this past year has seen the dismissal of three of his top commissioners for sexual abuse of their underlings; the suicide of another top officer over a pending investigation over suspected bribery; mass demonstrations by Ethiopian Israelis against police brutality; and a State Comptroller investigation into significant operational deficiencies within the police in an affair that involved the murder of two police agents.

The Turkel Commission will also have to conclude whether the police commissioner designate acted within the boundaries of the law when he provided military consulting to two former Soviet satellites — Georgia and Kazakhstan. Hirsch, who provided strategic advice through his company, Defensive Shield, insists that he complied with security laws, to the point where an IDF representative was present in each of his meetings with his FSR clients.

Israel Police Next Commissioner Gal Hirsch to Face Deep Public Mistrust in Law Enforcement

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) on Tuesday announced his choice for new police chief, IDF Brigadier General (Res) Gal Hirsch. The nomination was surprising and certainly shocked the police brass. But both the police leaders, who have been passed for an outsider for the top job, and the new commissioner, now must face a number of major challenges, most urgent of which is the reconstruction of a dejected, demoralized force, plagued by corruption—and the restoration of public confidence, which has dropped to an unprecedented low.

In the past year, the police has suffered severe blows to its image, including a series of sex scandals involving Police Generals Nisso Shaham and Hagai Dotan, and Deputy Police Chief Nissim Mor, who were dismissed for sexual offenses against junior police officers.

On Tuesday night, Minister Erdan outlined for NRG the work awaiting the new commissioner: “I composed a 15-point document which includes the fight against traffic accidents, in which Israel is placed in an uncomplimentary spot, as well as improved intelligence — with a focus on the Internet. He will have to implement these points. In addition there horizontal issues, mainly strengthening stations and field personnel, while simultaneously reducing command staff.”

Another loss of public confidence in the police stemmed from the abysmal failure of the 100 Center (Israel’s 911) to identify and respond properly to a distress call from the three Jewish boys who had been kidnapped by Hamas in Judea and Samaria, and were killed shortly thereafter.

Erdan said on Tuesday: “I expect a change in the area of ​​deployment of police services in the Arab sector, opening more stations and connecting with the Arab leadership. The whole issue of police service in the non-Jewish sector, is also something the other side is interested in. Another thing is the increased police presence. I fought for it in the budget, and the new commissioner will have to make a plan to deploy more policemen on the streets.”

Commenting on the motives that led to Hirsch’s appointment, the Minister mentioned his disappointment in the police conduct at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, which convinced him to appoint someone from outside the ranks. Erdan said: “What happened at the gay parade is one of the main reasons [to seek a commissioner from outside the force], but not the only one. In the three months since I took office, I’ve been exposed to problematic issues. I read in the latest report about some very difficult problems all the way within the organization, and here and there even encountered them directly.”

Erdan added: “I do not think that three months is sufficient time to get to know such an organization and the people in it, but when I saw the extent of the problems, I understood that only someone who comes from the outside has a chance to make a change. This is a move that is so difficult in these organizations, and I’m talking about fundamental changes, like discipline, organizational norms, and other areas on these levels.”

Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

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