Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday the appointment of deputy
Mossad head Yossi Cohen as head of the National Security Council, replacing
Yaakov Amidror who will be stepping down in the next few months.
52, is a 30-year veteran of the Mossad who has risen through the ranks there and
held a wide variety of positions, including as director of the department
responsible for running Mossad agents around the world.
Although not a
household name, Cohen is well-known inside the security and intelligence
community. He was the recipient of the prestigious Israel Security Prize, given
to Israelis recognized for achievements in improving state security and
maintaining its power and qualitative advantage on the battlefield, both
technologically and operationally.
According to a statement put out by
the Prime Minister’s Office, Cohen has served for the last two years as Mossad
head Tamir Pardo’s deputy. Cohen, according to the statement, has throughout his
career at the Mossad gained a great deal of knowledge and skill managing large
operations and is intimately acquainted both in dealing with the security and
political systems inside Israel and in the international arena.
has the experience and special talents that make him the most eligible for this
important position,” Netanyahu said.
“He has served Israel successfully
for three decades in field and management positions in the Mossad. He knows very
well the security and important international issues.”
Amidror, who has served in the post for two-and-a-half years, saying that he
will continue to use Amidror’s services in the future.
appointment was vetted by Civil Service Commissioner Moshe Dayan.
will be the ninth head of the National Security Council since its formation in
1999, and the fourth to be culled from the ranks of the Mossad, which included
Ephraim Halevi, Ilan Mizrahi and Uzi Arad.
Two others, Amidror and Dani
Arditi, held senior positions in Military Intelligence.
Arad, who served
as head of the National Security Council from 2009-2011 and was instrumental in
raising the status and professional profile of the institution, praised the
“I was delighted to hear it,” Arad told The Jerusalem Post. “He
is an outstanding intelligence officer of versatility and experience, and a
Cohen is a Jerusalem native, married with four children.
His appointment will come to the cabinet for approval on Sunday.
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