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Confirmation of next Shin Bet head said to be delayed over anonymous letter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at ceremony to honor outstanding Shin Bet personnel in Jerusalem, on October 4, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at ceremony to honor outstanding Shin Bet personnel in Jerusalem, on October 4, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

The confirmation of the next head of the Shin Bet, known only as R., is expected to be delayed as authorities investigate claims made in an anonymous letter, according to Hebrew media reports.

R., who has reportedly denied the allegations and has called them an attempt to derail his nomination at the last minute, is expected to undergo a polygraph test.

Details of the allegations in the letter have not been made public. The letter has reportedly been sent more than once in the past but its claims were not taken seriously.

The letter has been presented to a committee for vetting senior appointments, known as the Goldberg Committee, which will meet tomorrow to consider the nomination of the next head of the security agency.

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