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Bennett taps Shin Bet deputy as agency’s new chief

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett picks the deputy head of the Shin Bet security service to succeed the current leader of the organization, Nadav Argaman.

For security reasons, the deputy Shin Bet chief can only be identified by the first Hebrew letter of his name, “Resh,” until he enters office.

“Resh is a courageous fighter and an excellent commander. I have no doubt that he will lead the service to new heights of excellence for the security of Israel,” Bennett says in a statement announcing Resh’s appointment.

Resh is expected to formally enter the role in the coming weeks, replacing Argaman, who has served at the head of the organization since 2016. One of Bennett’s first acts as premier was to extend Argaman’s tenure through October in order to allow for more time to find a suitable successor.

Resh beat out the prior deputy head of the Shin Bet, who can only be identified by the first Hebrew letter of his name, also “Resh,”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right) and Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman meet at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on June 15, 2021. (Haim Tzach/GPO)

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