Netanyahu taps deputy Mossad head as spy agency’s next chief; doesn’t tell Gantz

The nominee, identified only by the Hebrew initial ‘Dalet,’ will take over as spymaster for the PM’s confidant Yossi Cohen if approved

15 December 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said he has selected the deputy head of the Mossad to be the next chief of the spy agency.

The official, who was identified only by the Hebrew initial “Dalet,” was described in a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office as having a “stellar record and a lot of experience.”

The statement added that his nomination had been submitted to the Goldberg Commission, which vets candidates for senior posts.

“The Mossad has great and significant challenges in safeguarding the security of the State of Israel. We will wait for the approval of the Goldberg Commission and wish Dalet success in his position,” a separate statement from Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

Hebrew-language media reported that Netanyahu hadn’t informed Gantz about his choice ahead of time, amid deep distrust between the two leaders. Gantz was said to have called Netanyahu and expressed his fury.