Israel’s Shin Bet Security Agency Gets New Director
On the wall of the deputy Shin Bet head’s office there’s one picture: An enlarged ID card with the photo of an elderly man, sporting a white beard. What does this man have to do with Nadav Argaman, who will take on the role of the head of the Shin Bet in May? The answer is known to only a handful of confidants in the organization. The elegant old man and Nadav Argaman are one and the same. This is the same man, in one of his many lives as an operative in the Shin Bet’s Operations Division, undercover, many years ago.
IDF generals hang photos of themselves from their enlistment day on their office walls. To say: Look where I started and look where I am today. For senior operatives in the Shin Bet, revealing mementos from covert missions early in their career is not just a kind of nostalgia; it’s also a kind of statement: I can’t tell you more than this.
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