Yoram Cohen 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Yoram Cohen will make history as the first head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency) to wear a kippa – serving as another example of the increasing presence
of national religious officers within Israel’s security and intelligence
Cohen, 51, lives in Jerusalem but grew up in Tel Aviv and
went to a yeshiva high school in Pardess Hanna, before being drafted into the
Golani Reconnaissance Battalion.
Alongside Cohen, Maj.- Gen. Yair Naveh
currently serves as the deputy chief of the General Staff, and will likely
compete for the top post after Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz completes his term in three
Naveh, like Cohen, went to the Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School in
Jerusalem and was drafted into the Golani Brigade in 1975.
addition was the appointment earlier this month of Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov
Amidror as head of the National Security Council.
Amidror grew up in Tel
Aviv and went to a national religious public school.
While Cohen, Naveh
and Amidror are in senior positions within the IDF and the Shin Bet, there are a
growing number of religious officers serving in key mid-level positions as
Indeed, recent IDF studies show that a quarter of cadets who
graduate from the Bahd 1 Officer Training School are religious.