Criticism follows Hirsch’s appointment as chief of police

Less than one day after naming Brig.-Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch to replace retiring National Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino as Israel’s next chief of police, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s appointment has engendered controversy.

Hirsch, 51, resigned from the IDF amid extensive criticism of his actions following 2006’s Second Lebanon War, during which he commanded the Galilee Division. Previously, he served as commander of the Bahad 1 officer training base, Paratroop Battalion 202, and the air force’s Shaldag commando unit.

On Wednesday, Zvi Regev – whose son, Eldad, was captured and killed by Hezbollah guerrillas in a cross-border raid along with Ehud Goldwasser, setting off the war – told Army Radio that he views Hirsch as responsible for the abductions.


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