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Bennett picks new chief for Shin Bet security service

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday selected the deputy head of the Shin Bet security service to succeed the current leader of the organization, Nadav Argaman.

For security reasons, the deputy Shin Bet chief can only be identified by the first Hebrew letter of his name, “Resh,” until he enters office.

“Resh is a courageous fighter and an excellent commander. I have no doubt that he will lead the service to new heights of excellence for the security of Israel,” Bennett said in a statement announcing Resh’s appointment.

Resh is expected to formally enter the role in the coming weeks, replacing Nadav Argaman, who has served at the head of the organization since 2016. One of Bennett’s first acts as premier was to extend Argaman’s tenure through October in order to allow for more time to find a suitable successor.

Then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reportedly planned to appoint his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, as the new director of the agency, but he faced staunch........

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