Israeli Police Chief Nominee to Undergo Polygraph

Moshe Edri, director of the Ministry of Public Security and nominee for next chief of police. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The nominee for the next chief of Israel police will have to submit to a lie detector test before a government committee will approve his appointment, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Moshe “Chico” Edri, the current director general of the Public Security Ministry and a former police commander of the districts of Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv, was notified by the Advisory Committee on Appointments that a polygraph test would be required in view of the lofty and sensitive nature of the commissioner position, because there were complaints against him, and since other candidates for the job had already undergone the test.

“Such a test is required both according to the principle of equality between candidates, when two other candidates underwent it, and to prevent gossip about the nominee, if he is selected, as if he had something to hide,” the committee said in a statement.

“Such a cloud [of suspicion] shouldn’t surround the police commissioner,” it said, adding that the Committee would deliver its opinion on Edri’s appointment after the polygraph.

Later in the day, Erdan’s office said in a statement that Edri agreed to take the test “as soon as possible.”

The committee has held several discussions on Edri’s appointment and interviewed Erdan, outgoing police chief Roni Alsheich, and Edri himself.