Thursday, February 8, the Minister of culture and sports Miri Regev called on the legal adviser to the government of Aviha Mandelblit to initiate an investigation of the statements made by the inspector General of police, Roni Alchahol in the program «Uvda» («Fact»).
«If it is said by the inspector General of police was true, and the Prime Minister sent private investigators to gather information on police officers, we are talking about a very serious incident and we need to take all necessary measures,» said Regev. She added: «If said the inspector General of police is not true, it casts serious doubts on the whole process of investigation against the Prime Minister, as well as presenting in a bad light inspector-General of police, misleading all of Israeli society.»
We will remind that in interview to TV program Rony Allah said that some forces associated with the investigations against the Prime Minister, gathered information to investigators working on these cases. «We know who they are, this is a very powerful force, and it is natural that they someone paid, and someone was interested,» said Alshaikh. Answering the question of why these effects are not investigated, he answered that it «would not be in favor of the main investigation».
Lieutenant-General Alishah commented on the investigation of allegations against the head of the Department for combating organized crime (LAHAV-433) Roni Ritman. He is suspected of sexual harassment of a subordinate. «I’m afraid that the version of women don’t end up to the reality,» he said.
Inspector-General of police also said that «many people will be surprised, after the publication of the results of the investigation. I’m not saying that there’s an earthquake, I’m not saying that it will not. I’m just saying that many SW things differently than I’ve seen them so far. I am familiar with every word in these matters,» said inspector-General of police.
A few hours after that interview, in the account of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was published extremely sharp reaction to the words of Allaha. «Stunning is the fact that the inspector General of police repeats crazy and false hints, according to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent private investigators to gather information on police officers. No less stunning is the fact that the inspector General of police repeats crazy and false hints, according to which the Prime Minister is behind the complaint of female officers for sexual harassment on the part of Ritman. Every honest person asks himself, how can people talk such nonsense about the Prime Minister, objectively investigate suspicions against the head of the government and to participate in developing recommendations on these matters.»
Netanyahu also demanded «a quick and objective» investigation of allegations of Alsaha. «Once you find that there is no connection between the Prime Minister and the collection of information about police officers, it will be necessary to draw conclusions regarding the nature of the investigations against the Prime Minister and the formation of recommendations on these cases,» the statement said Netanyahu
The opposition parties chose to criticize the Prime Minister. «Netanyahu is behaving like a criminal, attacking law enforcement authorities», — said the head of the «Zionist camp» AVI Gabay.
The head of the MERETZ zaava galon called on Prime Minister to temporarily step down from his role of head of government until the investigation is completed.