A first exposure of one of the candidates to be the next head of Mossad: Ram (Rami) Ben Barak, who until recently served as deputy head of the Mossad.
This Sunday, the government should approve Minister Yuval Steinitz's proposal to appoint Ram Ben Barak as Director General of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which will be merged into one office under Steinitz's leadership.
Ram Ben Barak began his military service as a fighter and an officer in Sayeret Matkal. Then he went on to serve in the field operations units of the Mossad. For two decades, he served in the entire chain of operational roles in the Mossad, to the position of chief of operations, deputy director and deputy head of the Mossad. At the end of his tenure as deputy head of the Mossad, Ben Barak was "loaned" to the IDF and served as the coordinator of special operations. Ram served as a Senior Research Fellow at the prestigious Research Institute - Brookings Institution, in Washington. Ram is a graduate of the National Defense College; A master's degree in political science and national security of the University of Haifa. Ram is married to Dr. Ayelet and is a father of two daughters and a son.
With the appointment, Ram will replace Brig. Gen. (res.) Joseph Kuperwasser, who served as Director General of the Strategic Affairs Ministry under the ministers Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon and Yuval Steinitz over the last 6 years, and Yuval Wellman who served as acting Director General of the Ministry of Intelligence in the last two years.
This appointment kick-starts the race for next Head of Mossad, to replace the current "head" who will end his five-year term in January 2016.
Ben Barak will run for the job against Yossi Cohen, who also served as deputy chief of the Mossad and is currently the head of the National Security Council and against the current deputy head of the Mossad.
Candidates who are considered less likely to be appointed are David Meidan, who retired a few years ago and served in recent years as the coordinator of the Prime Minister for prisoners and missing persons – or external candidates from the ranks of the IDF and not from the Mossad.