Netanyahu names senior Shin Bet official as National Security Council head

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to name a senior Shin Bet official as the new National Security Council head. The council has been without a permanent head since 2016, when Yossi Cohen was named the director of the Mossad.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday that he has decided to name M., who is currently a senior Shin Bet official, as the National Security Council head and the National Security Adviser. The appointment still needs to be approved by the Public Service Nominations Committee and the Israeli government.

M. is expected to replace Eitan Ben-David, who has been serving as the interim head of the council since January 2016, when Yossi Cohen became the director of the Mossad. 51-year-old M. is married and a father of four. In the past three years, he has been serving as the head of the southern division in the Shin Bet. He enlisted into the Shin Bet in January 1989 after he finished his required military service.

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During his first years in the organization, he worked in the southern division, gaining vast knowledge about Hamas and the Gaza Strip. He participated in most of the Shin Bet operations against the terrorist organization in the past two decades.

As he announced his decision, Netanyahu said: “M. is the right person in the right place.”



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