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Netanyahu denies reports he secretly met candidates for police chief

From left, police chief Kobi Shabtai, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana at a Purim megillah reading on a Border Police base in the West Bank on March 6, 2023. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)
From left, police chief Kobi Shabtai, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana at a Purim megillah reading on a Border Police base in the West Bank on March 6, 2023. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues a statement denying that he secretly summoned candidates for police chief for a meeting.

The denial comes after the Ynet news site reports that Netanyahu preempted National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir in vetting candidates.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office calls the Ynet report “a complete fabrication.”

“The prime minister has not and will not meet any candidates to be police commissioner,” the statement says. “It’s unfortunate that the need to create false reports trumps the will to tell the public the truth.”

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