The head of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee announced Tuesday night that a hearing he had called for Wednesday to “examine the behavior of the police in the investigations of the prime minister” would be delayed, following publication of police recommendations to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and fraud.
MK Yoav Kisch said the evening’s developments could cause the meeting to miss its intended mark.
Kisch had summoned Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich to appear at the planned hearing after the police chief, in an interview last week, claimed that “powerful figures” had hired private investigators to collect information about the police investigators in the corruption cases in an apparent effort to personally discredit them.
Netanyahu has said that the “ridiculous” allegations of interference by his allies prove that police are biased against him and cannot be trusted to carry out a fair investigation.
The prime minister’s call for the Alsheich claims to be “investigated immediately, independently and objectively,” was apparently the impetus for Kisch’s summons of the police chief.
Opposition chief whip MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) said the planned hearing was aimed at “threatening the police commissioner and those surrounding him,” calling Kisch “a strawman directed by the prime minister.”
In response, Kisch said he was simple “fulfilling my parliamentary duty to oversee the work of the police,” and accusing the opposition of shirking that responsibility.