‘Wanted’: Palestinian media leaks photo, address of incoming Shin Bet chief

Appointed earlier this month, ‘Resh’ can only be identified by the first letter of his name in Israel until he enters office

Palestinian media publicizes the personal information of the incoming Shin Bet chief, redacted here (screenshot)
Palestinian media publicizes the personal information of the incoming Shin Bet chief, redacted here (screenshot)

Palestinians have publicized the personal information of the incoming chief of the Shin Bet security service, whose personal information remains confidential in Israel.

For security reasons, the incoming Shin Bet chief — who is the current deputy of the domestic security agency and will assume the top job in the coming weeks — can only be identified in Israel by the first Hebrew letter of his name, “Resh,” until he enters office.

However, Palestinian media leaked his name, photograph and address on Sunday, with the photo of the top security official stamped with a “Wanted” caption.

Among its various responsibilities, the Shin Bet oversees intelligence in the West Bank and is responsible for curbing potential unrest there.

The leak came amid tensions in the West Bank, following a deadly firefight between Israeli soldiers and armed members of a Hamas cell in Jenin early Sunday. According to the IDF, at least five suspected terrorists were killed after they opened fire at IDF troops. At least seven suspected members of the Hamas cell were also arrested during arrest raids overnight Saturday. Two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured in the clash, apparently from friendly fire.

Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman (left) and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, April 11, 2021 (Courtesy)

“Resh” was officially appointed to Shin Bet chief earlier this month and will succeed Nadav Argaman, who has led the organization since 2016.

The incoming chief served in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Sayeret Matkal unit, and then entered the ranks of the Shin Bet as a field agent. He was tapped to lead the Shin Bet’s Operations Division in 2011, became head of the service’s resource development department in 2016, and took over as deputy head of the organization in 2018.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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