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PM Under Investigations: Netanyahu feuds with police chief ahead of probe findings

Police chief Alsheikh said that “powerful” elements had tried to collect information about police officers involved in the investigations against PM

Netanyahu and Alsheikh (Photo Ohad Zwigenberg, Alex Kolomoisky)

PM Under Investigation: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh once again Thursday, after the police chief said in an interview to investigative television program Uvda that “powerful” elements had tried to collect information about police officers involved in the investigations against the prime minister.

“How would you feel if the police investigators conducting an investigation against you claimed that you had employed private investigators against them and against their families?” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.

“Can investigators who think the interrogatee is following them, or sending a woman to file a sexual harassment complaint against the head of their unit, do their job in an unbiased manner?” the prime minister asked, referring to Lahav 433 head Roni Rittman, who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. “And what does this say about their recommendations?”

“There is no personal attack here, neither on the police commissioner or on anyone else,” Netanyahu argued. “The real question is the integrity of the investigation, and the only way to get to the bottom of it is through an objective, unbiased and quick investigation.

“The Uvda interview wasn’t commissioned by us, we didn’t put words in anyone’s mouth, and the timing of the interview—on the eve of the publication of the recommendations—wasn’t determined by us either. The claims that have been made are serious and should keep any decent person up at night. The truth must be investigated immediately. Revealing the truth and ensuring the integrity of the investigation won’t weaken the Israel Police. On the contrary, they will only bolster the police and the rule of law,” Netanyahu concluded.

 

By Ynet News

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