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Government to discuss tapping full-time police, prisons chiefs on Tuesday

Kobi Shabtai, incoming acting police chief, in a file photo from September 28, 2017 (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Kobi Shabtai, incoming acting police chief, in a file photo from September 28, 2017 (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

The government says it will once again discuss on Tuesday the option of appointing Kobi Shabtai as full-time Israel Police commissioner and Katy Perry as the permanent head of the Israel Prisons Service.

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana last month said both full-time appointments would be made after both forces were led by interim chiefs for two years. But later, Ohana said they will only be tapped in an temporary capacity due to disagreements with the Blue and White party, which conditioned its support on dozens of other permanent appointments being announced.

But last week, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said he supports Shabtai’s “immediate” approval as full-time police chief.

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