The Palestinian resistance groups have revealed the name and photograph of the incoming head of Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, Palestine Now reported on Sunday. His identity had been kept secret ever since he was picked by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett early in September,
Bennett selected the deputy head of the agency to succeed current head Nadav Argaman. For security reasons, the new Shin Bet chief can only be identified by the first Hebrew letter of his name, R, until he takes over.
"R is a courageous fighter and an excellent commander," Israeli media reported Bennett as saying on 1 September. "I have no doubt that he will lead the service to new heights of excellence for the security of Israel."
Following the Israeli raids on the village of Bedo and the city of Jenin at the weekend, in which four Palestinians were killed, the Palestinian resistance revealed that the new Shin Bet head is Ronen Berezovsky, 56. He lives in Hod Hasharon, north-east of Tel Aviv.
The resistance groups printed his photograph and name with "Wanted" underneath. Berezovsky, they said, has been identified and traced and is on their "wanted list".
According to Haaretz, Berezovsky completed his BA degree in political science and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and holds a Master of Arts degree in public policy from Harvard University in the US.