The so-called “Ben Gvir Law,” which would give Itamar Ben Gvir, the designated Minister of National Security, the authority to decide on Israel Police’s enforcement strategy, was challenged by former police commissioner Roni Alsheikh.
“The direction Ben Gvir is taking poses a severe threat to Israeli citizens’ security. He thinks he can succeed, but I want to tell him something new: He doesn’t know how to do it, said Alsheikh, a former deputy head of the Shin Bet, in an interview with the newspaper Yediot Aharonot.
According to Alsheikh, he would not have consented to stay in office if the agreements between Netanyahu and Ben Gvir had been reached while he was still in government.
“I would have quit if this item [the Ben Gvir Law] had materialized [during my term]. I wouldn’t consent to serve as a political party’s commissioner.
I know the law’s requirements, and the threat is quite natural. I can assure you that he will get the exact opposite of what he wants regarding personal security. I’m trying to be pragmatic rather than political because I have no interest in Ben Gvir.
When Alsheikh’s tenure was up, Ben-Gvir allegedly told him, “You had the potential to have a beautiful term, and you missed it,” which he later clarified to indicate that I wasn’t a commissioner who carried out his beliefs.
The former Commissioner, the deputy head of the Israel Security Agency, expressed concern for the State of Israel (Shin Bet).
“I am raising my grandchildren here, and that will be impacted. I want them to be able to go to the mall and drive in peace. My faith, as well as the trust of many State of Israel citizens, will decrease precipitously when the legal system is subject to outside political meddling, and when it collapses, there will be anarchy here.
Alsheikh described the problematic aspects of Ben Gvir’s vision that he saw.
“I want the people to be aware that there will be increased violence and decreased personal protection when law enforcement is in the hands of a political party, albeit on a different scale.
After which unofficial, autonomous militias will start securing after emerging.
And we’ll see what happens with the police when they begin shooting people they believe to be criminals. That is our destination.
Alsheikh made charges, to which Ben-Gvir answered, “It’s a shame this law didn’t pass during your term. Perhaps resigning would have prevented the severe harm you caused to police throughout your tenure.
Ben-Gvir continued, “[Alsheikh] tries to disguise his failure through media attacks instead of owning up to his faults, and the damage from the worsening of public safety during [his] tenure is still apparent.
We are not forgetting that Alsheikh spied on people, made up cases, and, most significantly, did not address street safety.
Since this didn’t occur during Alsheikh’s administration, the police are how they are today.
The proposed addition to the Police Law will allow the minister to push policies, norms, and principles.
Ben Gvir emphasized that while “public servant” is not a derogatory term, Alsheikh failed in his role as police commissioner, started Netanyahu’s investigations, turned into a serial leaker of information from interrogations, dragged the nation into five election campaigns, and violated the rights of detainees.
The last person who can discuss the cops is he.