Report: Border Police Commander Kobi Shabtai selected as next police chief

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana has decided to tap Border Police Commander Yaakov “Kobi” Shabtai as the next police commissioner, Channel 13 reports, citing sources in Ohana’s ministry.

Several candidates for the top job — which has been vacant for two years amid an extended political crisis — are being summoned to Ohana’s office to hear the decision.

The High Court has recently ordered the government to appoint a permanent police chief by the end of the year. The force has been led for the past two years by an acting commissioner, Motti Cohen, who wasn’t expected to be given the permanent post.