New Shin Bet chief gets committee okay

The Turkel Committee, which oversees senior governmental appointments, gives the green light for Shin Bet deputy director Nadav Argaman to take the agency’s top job, after being named by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the position last month.

Argaman was drafted into the IDF in 1978, serving in an elite unit. In 1983, he joined the Shin Bet, where served in a variety of operative roles. From 2003 to 2007, Argaman was the Shin Bet’s representative in the US; he was made deputy head of the agency upon his return to Israel, and served in that role for three years.

Incoming Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman. (Shin Bet)
Incoming Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman. (Shin Bet)

In September 2014, he was appointed to Israel’s Committee on Atomic Energy. He returned to his former post as deputy Shin Bet chief in September 2015, at the request of outgoing director Yoram Cohen, in order to replace then-deputy chief Alsheich, who had just been named as the police commissioner.

He is set to replace outgoing director Yoram Cohen in May.

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