Analysis: Don’t judge the new police commissioner by his cover

Looks can be deceiving, and that’s rarely been more apparent than this weekend, when the mask was pulled from “R.,” deputy Shin Bet head Roni Alsheikh, revealing the man the pixels, to the glee of countless Israelis on Facebook, WhatsApp and beyond.

Bearing a strong resemblance to the US actor Kevin James in Paul Bart: Mall Cop, the spymaster does not look the part of a clandestine warrior, but maybe we’ve all seen too many movies. According to associates and former Shin Bet officials, Alsheikh is one of the agency’s most talented and impressive officers, a skilled manipulator and interrogator, an agent and commander who excels at field work and has left his mark on plenty of top secret operations.


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