Netanyahu said he was given an extensive update on all of the clandestine agencies activities, with a special emphasis on Iran.
Netanyahu appointed Barnea to his post on June 1, 2021, but was ousted from office within weeks, meaning the two will only now be getting used to working together on a regular basis.
Netanyahu picked Barnea over Ehud Lavi, with both candidates having served as deputy Mossad chiefs, but Barnea appeared to get the upper hand due to an even more aggressive approach to Iran, among other things.
Despite the meeting with Netanyahu, Barnea also made a whirlwind appearance on the sidelines of the ceremony for Yoav Gallant replacing Benny Gantz as defense minister.
Barnea entered a line for well-wishers as Gallant was walking down the line of the audience, spoke briefly with Gallant, and then departed.