Erdan, AG to ask for 45 day extension to vetting process for controversial police chief nominee

The nomination of a former IDF Brigadier General to head the Israel Police appeared to hit new hurdles on Sunday, as Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein agreed to extend by 45 days the term of acting Commissioner Asst.-Ch. Bentzi Sau to give more time for a probe of nominee Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Gal Hirsch.

In addition, on Tuesday the Turkel Committee, which oversees appointments of senior civil-service officials, is set to begin the vetting process of Hirsch.

The vetting process and the Justice Ministry probe will focus largely on a corruption case in which Hirsch’s security firm is linked, as well as his conduct as a division leader during the Second Lebanon War.


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