Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan (Likud) has requested permission to publish the name of the new nominee for the position of police commissioner.
The candidate, currently serving as the deputy commander of the General Security Service (GSS, also known as Shabak or Shin Bet), is only known as R.
Erdan publicized the request over his official Twitter account. It is typically forbidden for media outlets to publish the name of GSS members, with an exception recently made for heads of the organization.
R. was chosen earlier this week, after the previous nominee, Gal Hirsch, withdrew his candidacy. Hirsch, a former IDF general, came under strong criticism for his conduct during the Second Lebanon War.