Bennett taps former senior Mossad official as his new national security adviser

Eyal Hulata in an undated photograph. (courtesy)
Eyal Hulata in an undated photograph. (courtesy)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett appoints Eyal Hulata, a former senior official in the Mossad intelligence agency, as his new national security adviser.

“In light of his years-long experience, performance and understanding of the State of Israel’s strategic challenges in the security and diplomatic spheres, Prime Minister Bennett chose to appoint him,” a statement from Bennett’s office says.

Among the various posts in his over 20 years with the Mossad, Hulata headed the spy agency’s department for strategic planning and was chief of its technology unit.

He will replace incumbent National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, a confidante of ex-premier Benjamin Netanyahu. After the new government was sworn in last month, Bennett asked Ben-Shabbat to stay on until he selected a replacement.

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