Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


David Barnea

Israeli intelligence chief

David Barnea, the new director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, is in no doubt: Iran remains the dominant threat to the security of the Jewish state. At his swearing-in ceremony in June, Barnea declared: “We need to say it loudly and clearly: Iran is working at this very moment to realize its nuclear dream under the cover of international protection.” He promised that the “arm of the Mossad” would continue to operate with full force against the Iranian nuclear program. “We’re well familiar with the nuclear program and its different parts. We personally know the workers involved in it and those directing them,” he said. Prior to replacing Yossi Cohen in the top Mossad post, Barnea served in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite General Staff Reconnaissance Unit before being appointed as Mossad’s deputy director in 2019. (Photo: official government image)


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