Shin Bet heir apparent: Sophisticated, creative and cunning

05.03.2011                      29.Adar l, 5771

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Shin Bet heir apparent: Sophisticated, creative and cunning

The new head of the security service will have to deal with an emerging reality in the Gaza-Sinai-Egypt triangle, and work with other agencies for possible terror attacks and renewed Hamas-Hezbollah cooperation.

There is a new chief of staff. A new police commissioner. A new head of Military Intelligence. And a new director of the Shin Bet security service is soon to come: Yuval Diskin will be completing his tenure in another two and a half months, after six years. But there is no new director of the National Security Staff since Uzi Arad resigned the position late last month. The National Security Staff Law that sets out and regulates the role of the director is not being implemented – and the prime minister is to blame. Provision 7 of the law, for example, stipulates that the National Security Council head "will regularly be invited to every discussion of the committee of the heads of the secret services." In fact, even during Arad's tenure, those meetings continue to be attended only by the heads of the Mossad, the Shin Bet and MI, and are organized by the premier's military secretary – the NSC chief's rival in the Prime Minister's Bureau….