Broken leg halts new police chief appointment

Deputy head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) Roni Alshich will not take his post as Police Commissioner on Sunday, after breaking his leg just one day before being designated to formally rise to the position. 

Alshich broke his leg leaving his home Sunday morning, and is currently being treated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer. 

As such, Acting Police Commissioner Benzi Sau will continue to serve as the head of police until Alshich recovers, the police announced Sunday. 

Alshich, 52, previously lived in the Binyamin region of Samaria. He has been deeply involved in the ISA's war on terror, and is considered a "mastermind" of the organization's counter-terrorism strategy. During his IDF service, he served in the Paratroopers' Brigade and commanded several units. 

Alshich has a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv, as well as an MA in Criminology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

The ISA deputy chief has received an endorsement from Avi Naim, chairman of the local authority security council, head of the Beit Aryeh regional council in Samaria and a former ISA official.


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