The new Judea and Samaria District Commander Maj.-Gen. Moshe Bareket, 50, officially took office in a changing of commander ceremony on Monday. Bareket was appointed to the position in February by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, following the surprising resignation of his predecessor, Maj.-Gen. Shlomi Michael after nine months at the post.
Bareket previously served as an adviser to Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, who described Bareket as someone who would be effective in the new position and essential to the district. “The Judea and Samaria district needs what Bareket has, such as his ability to connect between the different bodies that function in the area,” Erdan had previously remarked. He also noted the professionalism of the Israeli police force in responding to many of the terror attacks that have occurred in the region.
The Judea and Samaria District has more than 1,000 Israeli police working in the region, which covers the second largest area of land following the Southern District.
Bareket’s past experience include serving as commander of the unit responsible for securing Jerusalem’s holy sites, head of the David sub-district which included parts of the Old City and the Temple Mount, head of the community operations branch, as well as special assistant to the chief of Israel Police, among other positions during his 25 years in the Israel police force.
“I have no doubt that he will succeed in the complex job of Commander of the Judea and Samaria District,” said Roni Alsheikh, the Chief of Israel Police.
The previous commander Maj.-Gen. Shlomi Michael wished Bareket good luck with the new position during Monday’s ceremony, commenting that the dangers of in Judea and Samaria are real and tangible.
Michael announced his resignation in November 2015, amid the height of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis both within and outside of Judea and Samaria, with stabbings and shootings occurring almost daily.
“I took a personal decision to retire after 33 years of a fulfilling and challenging service in a variety of positions,” said Michael in a statement, but he has since offered no further explanations for his abrupt departure.
The new Judea and Samaria District commander is looking forward to the challenges of the new position. In the ceremony on Monday, Bareket told fellow police officers, regional leaders, politicians, and supporters that he wants to continue to strengthen what is working effectively in Judea and Samaria District and change what needs to be changed.
“I’ve worked in the Israel police force for 25 years and it’s my second family,” said Bareket. “I take the command of this district with great responsibility and pray that I will succeed to act in the complex reality of this district. Lone terrorists continue to terrorize and my mission is to work for the personal security of the residents of Judea and Samaria in this climate.”
Almost simultaneous to the ceremony, a terror attack took place in Jerusalem, where a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a Jewish man near Damascus Gate of the Old City. The Israeli man, around 26, was lightly wounded and the terrorist was subdued by Israeli police and arrested.
Anav Silverman (TPS)