Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Shin Bet Deputy Director Nadav Argaman, a graduate of the University of Haifa, as the next head of the security service.
Barring any difficulties in securing approval from the Turkel Committee, which oversees senior governmental appointments, Argaman will officially take up the position in May.
Argaman, Netanyahu said in a statement, “has a proven track record of commanding and operative experience at the Shin Bet. I am certain that under his command the Shin Bet will continue to grow stronger on the operative and technological fronts, and will continue to protect the security of Israel.”
Argaman, 55, is married and a father of three. Unlike the head of the Mossad intelligence agency Yossi Cohen and and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, who both come from a religious background, Argaman is secular.
The incoming Shin Bet chief was drafted into the IDF in 1978, serving in an elite unit. In 1983, he joined the Shin Bet, where he served in a variety of operative roles. From 2003 to 2007, Argaman was the Shin Bet’s representative in the US. He was made deputy head of the agency upon his return to Israel, and served in that role for three years.
In September 2014, Argaman was appointed to Israel’s Committee on Atomic Energy. He returned to his former post as deputy Shin Bet chief in September 2015, at the request of outgoing director Yoram Cohen, in order to replace then-deputy chief Alsheich, who had just been named as the police commissioner.
Argaman has a BA and Master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa, and an additional master’s degree in security and strategy from the National Security College at the University of Haifa, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Yoram Cohen and Roni Alsheich are also University of Haifa graduates.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon praised the appointment, saying in a statement: “The Shin Bet faces serious challenges in the fight against terrorism and in defending the security of the citizens of Israel, and I have no doubt that Nadav Argaman will lead the organization successfully. Nadav is a man of the field, with vast experience, and has held positions at the Shin Bet that will serve him well as he heads the organization.”
Argaman “is the right man to take the baton from Yoram Cohen and to lead the dedicated employees and the organization as a whole with determination and responsibility in this complex reality,” Ya’alon said.
Originally posted by Times of Israel – February 11, 2016