Israel Cabinet approves nomination of Ronen Bar as next Shin Bet chief

The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the nomination of Ronen Bar, the current deputy head of the Shin Bet, to fill the top post at the domestic security service, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

Bar’s name was previously barred from publication for security reasons. He was approved for the role despite an anonymous letter claiming unspecified misconduct. A father of three, Bar, 55, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit and was later recruited to the ISA where had an operational position.

In the Shin Bet, he served in multiple operations in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and Lebanon. He was tapped to lead the Shin Bet’s Operations Division in 2011, became head of the service’s resource development department in 2016, and took over as deputy head of the organization in 2018. In 2011, he was appointed Head of the ISA Operations Branch.

Over the years, Bar led operations and units that were awarded several Security Prizes.Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: ", I am certain that Ronen Bar will move the ISA forward to achieve new heights of performance and excellence." The main activities of the Shin Bet are in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where it carries out Palestinian-related counter-terrorism operations.

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