Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday praised the incoming head of the Mossad and said he has known Tamir Pardo for years from many past missions they participated in together.
In a telephone conversation, Barak said Pardo is an "expert in the field with a very rich experience from the past, with a responsible, reasoned mind, who is very suitable and fitting for the position of head of the Mossad."
"I also want to congratulate the outgoing head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, for eight very successful years in the position, in which he led the Mossad to extraordinary achievements," the defense minister added. "The state of Israel and its citizens owe many thanks to Meir Dagan, even though there is no way to share the background of those achievements with everyone."
Barak also said that the change of generations in leadership in intelligence agencies and the state's implementation are a "drug of life" for maintaining operational quality and striving for high achievements.