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

The Palestinians have released the personal information of the incoming head of the Shin Bet security service, whose personal information remains confidential in Israel.

For security reasons, the incoming head of Shin Bet, who is the current deputy of the national security agency and will take over the lead position in the coming weeks, can only be identified in Israel by the first Hebrew letter of his name, “Resh “. until I take office.

However, Palestinian media leaked his name, photo and address on Sunday, with the photo of the senior 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 shooting between Israeli soldiers and armed members of a Hamas cell in Jenin early Sunday morning. According to the IDF, at least five suspected terrorists died after they opened fire on IDF troops. At least seven suspected members of the Hamas cell were also arrested during arrest raids on Saturday night. Two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured in the clash, apparently by friendly fire.

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

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

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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