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Cabinet votes to extend Shin Bet chief’s tenure by four months

Head of the Shin Bet security service Nadav Argaman attends the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset on November 6, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Head of the Shin Bet security service Nadav Argaman attends the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset on November 6, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The cabinet has approved via telephone vote Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to extend Nadav Argaman’s tenure as the chief of the Shin Bet for an additional four months.

Argaman’s tenure was set to end in May, but will now last until at least September.

The vote follows a report in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that Netanyahu planned to appoint his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, as the new director of the agency, a move Defense Minister Benny Gantz refused to agree to.

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