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Training Israel's Future: Chief of Police nominee Ron Alsheich

Ron Alsheich

Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan announced last month his nomination of Ron Alsheich to be Israel's 18th Chief of Police . Born in 1963 in Jerusalem to parents of Yemenite Jewry, Alsheich graduated high school from YBA Netiv Meir, where Erdan also studied.

Ron was conscripted to the IDF in 1981 and joined the Paratroopers Brigade. He went on the serve as a commander of the brigade's Engineer Company and as deputy-commander of the 50th battalion of the Nahal Brigade.

Alsheich left the army in 1988 with the rank of Major, and joined the Shabak, Israel's equivalent to the FBI, where he rose through the ranks until being appointed deputy director in September 2014. He was expected to be tapped to be the next head of the Shabak before being picked by Erdan to lead the Israel Police.

Alsheich's nomination is expected to sail through the approval process, as praise for his talent and appropriateness for the position pours in from sources all across Israeli society. Israel's last Chief of Police, Yohanan Danino, a graduate of YBA Or Etzion, retired from the position three months ago.

The chairman of the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network, Rabbi Haim Drukman, called Alsheich to congratulate him and wish him well. "It is a very important and demanding position," said Rabbi Drukman; "Your appointment is a source of pride for the entire religious Zionist sector in general, and for YBA in particular, because it demonstrates our commitment to educating toward the values of Torat Eretz Yisrael, which incorporates dedication to mitzvot between man and G-d, man and his fellow man, and man and his country."

Read more about Ron Alsheich and how his appointment reflects the growing trend of religious Zionist leadership in all sectors of Israeli society in the following links:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4705001,00.html

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-top-cop-reflects-rise-of-religious-Zionism-in-Israeli-society-419216

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Analysis-Dont-judge-the-new-police-commissioner-by-his-cover-419354

YBA SUSSYA GRADUATE FOILS TERROR BOMB ATTACK


YBA Sussya graduate, Yeshurun Tzoran (24) is a career officer in the Border Police, the Israel Police Force's paramilitary unit responsible for guarding Israel's borders from infiltration by terrorists. Last Sunday, Yeshurun put his intuition, reflexes and training to good use to do just that.

"I leaned into the car to turn off the engine and remove the driver from the vehicle. He began driving, dragging me with him. I pulled out my pistol, cocked the hammer and pointed it at him. While doing this I realized that the car interior looked very suspicious, like a car-bomb," explained Yeshurun Tzoran, the Border Police officer responsible for the arrest of a Palestinian terrorist trying to cross into Israel to carry out a bomb attack.

The terrorist bomber that Yeshurun stopped and arrested later admitted in interrogation that he was on his way to blow up the car-bomb he was driving in the heart of Tel Aviv.

We congratulate you, Yeshurun, for your diligence and bravery in carrying out your mission. You have no doubt saved countless innocent lives. We are proud of you!

The following is a translation of the Ynet News report on the incident by Noam Dvir, Ynet News, 27.7.2014:

Foiled attack: "Driver was wearing a wig, with gas canisters in the car" 

Border Police officer Yeshurun Tzoran saw a suspicious car approaching his roadblock and ordered the driver to stop. When he saw the car’s contents, he drew his gun and stopped the driver: "I feel good" 


The incident occurred on Sunday morning near the checkpoint between Beitar Ilit and Tzur Hadassah. With the help of his Border Police unit and soldiers from the Taoz battalion of the military police, Yeshurun managed to overpower the driver and discover two pipe bombs, gas cylinders, explosives, and a detonator in the car. The driver was arrested and taken in for interrogation.

Yeshurun Tzoran was in command of the Border Police patrol that set up the spontaneous roadblock about 100 meters from the entrance to the checkpoint. When the suspicious driver approached they told him to stop. After he resisted the calls to halt, Tzoran pulled him out of the car and neutralized him.

- What made you suspicious of the vehicle?

"I saw that the driver was wearing a wig, big sunglasses and had a stubbly beard. I didn’t see what was inside the car until I was leaning in with my pistol pointed at him. The car was filled with gas canisters with colored wires between them.”

“There was no rear seat, only front seats - the entire back was full of gas canisters. My soldiers and the military police helped me neutralize the driver and then took him to the checkpoint. We closed the area and called in a bomb squad to neutralize the explosives in the car. "

Zoran explained that setting up spontaneous roadblocks a short distance from the permanent checkpoint is standard operating procedure in times of high tension or intelligence reports of potential terrorist activity in the area. "We are trained for just for such events," he said.

- How do you feel now?

"I couldn’t feel any better. I feel happy that we saved many lives in Israel. But then again, this is our job. I have no doubt that any of my soldiers would have done the same thing."