Faithful service

New Shin bet head Yoram Cohen’s commitment to his faith will only help boost his motivation to meet these myriad challenges and others.

March 29, 2011 23:53
3 minute read.
Shin Bet chief to be Yoram Cohen

Yoram Cohen 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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Assuming he passes the Turkel Committee’s vetting process – a far from forgone conclusion, judging from recent precedents in the Prisons Service and the IDF’s General Staff – Yoram Cohen will become the 13th head of the Shin Bet, the covert organization responsible for our internal security.

No small matter has been made of the fact that Cohen, if approved, will be the first kippa-wearing Shin Bet head and that he is the latest in a line of religious men appointed to high-ranking security positions. Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, who, like Cohen, graduated from a yeshiva high school, was recently tapped to serve as deputy chief of the General Staff and will probably compete for the top spot when Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz completes his term in three years. Ya’acov Amidror, who went to a national religious public school, was recently appointed head of the National Security Council.


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