Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a change in leadership of the country’s foreign intelligence services called Mossad, which will be led by David Barnea from June 1.
Barnea was previously number two in the Mossad – also known as the Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks – and will replace the current director Yossi Cohen, who has been responsible for the espionage agency for five years.
Netanyahu confirmed the appointment during the awards ceremony, as stated on his Twitter profile, where he pointed out that every Mossad operation is “bolder, more resourceful, and crazier than its predecessor, (…) there isn’t just one action movie this is comparable to what the institution is doing, “whose general task is to” prevent Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons “.
The decision to put Barnea at the head of the agency was made in December 2020, although it had not yet been made public. The new director has been with Mossad for 30 years and spends most of his time in the department responsible for agent recruitment.
According to the Israeli media “Haaretz” Barnea is described by high-ranking officials of the agency as a reforming person who is open to structural, organizational and professional changes.