Ronen Bar: Israel’s next Shin Bet Director

Bar previously serves as the organization’s Deputy Director. PM Bennett referred to him as a “brave fighter and a daring commander who, throughout his life, has dealt with the highest mission of all – defending the security of Israel”

Ronen Bar: Israel’s next Shin Bet Director

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett and new ISA Director Ronen Bar. Photo: Photo: Koby Gideo, GPO

The Israeli government approved the appointment of Ronen Bar as the new Director of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA, known as the Shin Bet), effective this coming Thursday, October 14th. Bar previously served as the organization’s Deputy Director.

Bar, 55, is married and a father of three. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He performed his IDF service in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit and was later recruited to the ISA, where he served in an operational position.

During Bar’s many years of service on behalf of the security of Israel, he served in and commanded many operations in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and Lebanon. In 2011, he was appointed Head of the ISA Operations Branch. In 2016, he was appointed Head of the staff branch responsible for building up the organization and in 2018, he was appointed ISA Deputy Director, his current position.

 Over the years, Bar led operations and units that were awarded several Security Prizes.

"Ronen is a brave fighter and a daring commander who, throughout his life, has dealt with the highest mission of all – defending the security of Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, “He risked his life for the homeland more than once.”

“Ronen grew in the ranks of the organization and served it in various positions in which he contributed greatly to safeguarding the security of Israel and its citizens. As he takes up office as Director of the ISA, I am certain that he will move the ISA forward to achieve new heights of performance and excellence" added the Prime Minister.

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