Ronen Bar, 55, is the next head of the Shin Bet. This is what the government approved today (Monday). The position has been in place since May 2016. This morning he told "Israel Today": "I thank the Prime Minister for the trust he has placed in me and for his support. I am already waiting to start working with our excellent employees."
Ronen Berezovsky, this morning, Photo: Yossi Zeliger
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: "Ronen is a brave warrior and a brave commander, who throughout his life has been engaged in the highest mission of all - defending Israel's security. He has often risked his life for the homeland. Ronen grew up in the organization and served in various positions. Great for maintaining the security of the state and its citizens. With his current appointment as GSS chief, I am confident that he will march the service forward to new peaks of action and excellence. "
Defense Minister Bnei Gantz responded to the appointment on Twitter:" Ronen, on my behalf and on behalf of the entire defense establishment . We have known each other for many years, and I am sure you will carry out your role with dedication, professionalism, and statehood and bring the organization to new heights. In recent years, we have significantly improved this inter-organizational cooperation, and together we will continue to act as one punch against terrorism and for Israel's security. "
Ronen, on my behalf and on behalf of the entire defense establishment, good luck.
We have known each other for many years, and I am sure you will carry out your role with dedication, professionalism, and statehood and bring the organization to new heights.
In recent years, we have significantly improved this inter-organizational cooperation, and together we will continue to act as one punch against terrorism and for Israel's security.
Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) October 11, 2021
Bar is married and a father of three.
He ran for the GSS presidency over another (also called R. until the appointment was approved; LS), his predecessor as deputy head of the service. He speaks Arabic and is a graduate of the Wexner Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and He holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. He began his military service in the IDF as a fighter in the General Staff Reconnaissance Regiment, and then enlisted in the GSS as a fighter in the Operations Unit.
Ronen Bar, the new GSS chief, Photo: GSS spokeswoman
As part of his many years of service, he fought and commanded many operations in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria and Lebanon.
In 2011 he was appointed head of the GSS Operations Division, in 2016 he was appointed head of the organization's headquarters division, and in 2018 he was appointed deputy head of the service, a position he held for the past two and a half years.
The convening committee was required to address the anonymous letter published this week, in which the bar was charged with misconduct.
Bar published a scathing response on Tuesday, stating that it was "an anonymous letter that was written and sent about three years ago and is now being distributed. Behind the letter is an interested party who wanted to harm two appointments even then."