Following reports that the Israel Police would resume its investigations into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leader fired back accusing Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh himself, of being behind the series of leaks. Alsheikh responded, calling the claim, “baseless.”

Major General Roni Alsheikh (left) with Netanyahu

Major General Roni Alsheikh (left) with Netanyahu Photo Credit: Miriam Alster, FLASH90/Channel 2 News

Israel Police Commissioner Major General Roni Alsheikh harshly responded to criticism he received from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday (Saturday) in which Netanyahu accused Alsheikh of being behind a series of politically motivated leaks. Alsheikh responded today calling these accusations “baseless.” Meanwhile, the Israeli Coalition intends to promote as early as next week, a number of bills in the Knesset aimed at protecting the prime minister from investigations.

“We will not be dragged into baseless attacks meant to disrupt the work of the police and harm the legitimacy of the rule of law,” read a statement from the Israel Police.

Police sources today added that they believe the sharp criticism the police commissioner and police received from the political echelon, will continue in the near future.

The confrontation began after Channel 2 News reported last night that the Israel Police will resume its investigations into Netanyahu and would summon him for further questioning in the next two weeks. In response, Netanyahu attacked Alsheikh and accused the police of running a personal media campaign against him.

Gilad Erdan

Gilad Erdan Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

“When Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh assumed his post, he made two important decisions: that there would be no more leaks in the investigations and there would be no more police recommendations [for indictment],” read a statement released by a Netanyahu family spokesman. “But since Lior Horev was appointed to be the police’s external political adviser at the cost of millions [of shekels] of taxpayer money and without a public tender for the position, the illegal leaks have become a tsunami, and the decision to avoid recommendations [for indictment] disappeared as a result.”

This morning, it was decided to promote one such protective bill, which proposes to prohibit launching a criminal investigation into an incumbent prime minister with the exception of extremely serious allegations. This bill was proposed by Likud MK David Amsalem. “The elected government is replaced in the ballot box, not through investigations,” said Amsalem. 

Another law that will come into effect next month, proposed by Minister of Interior Gilad Erdan, will mandate that all police officers undergo a polygraph exam after 3 years in the force, in order to not only investigate possible criminal police activity but also raise the question of leaking information.