What is happening in the Mossad? .. 3 senior Israeli intelligence officials resign

3 senior officials from the Israeli intelligence service (Mossad) announced their resignation, in a remarkable and rare development, many of its details and backgrounds have not yet been revealed.

The resignations of the three Mossad officials came after organizational changes made by the new head of the service, David Barnea.

Today, Friday, the Israel 24 news website indicated that the three officials are of the rank of major general, and that the resignation of these three – who are among the most senior officials – came months after Barnea assumed his position at the head of the Mossad.

The site added that the three resigned are: the head of the technology department, the head of the counter-terrorism department, and the head of the Mafraq department, which is the central department in the agency, which is responsible for operating customers.

The same source expected that a fourth official would announce his resignation at a later time, without revealing the job and nature of the tasks that this official would undertake. Head of the “strategic war” in the Mossad.

Last May, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Barnea’s selection to head the Mossad, saying that his mission “will be to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb,” referring to his challenge to the administration of US President Joe Biden, with the resumption of the fifth round of talks. Vienna in order to return Washington to the nuclear agreement.

Barnea was born on March 29, 1965 in Ashkelon, and at the age of 15 he joined the military boarding school in Tel Aviv, motivated by a desire to develop leadership and combat capabilities in the occupation army.

Barnea is 56 years old, married and has 4 children. He joined the Mossad in 1996, and rose in various positions, until in 2019 he was appointed deputy chief of the Mossad, Cohen, who left his post on June 1, 2021.

He enlisted in the Israeli army in 1983 as a fighter in the Reconnaissance Regiment of the General Staff Unit (Sirt Matkal), a military unit that is considered among the elites of the Israeli army and is directly subordinate to the General Staff and is classified with the Intelligence Department. Its members are engaged in all kinds of fighting, especially what Israel calls “fighting terrorism”.

In 1992, he obtained a master’s degree in business administration from New York University, and worked as a senior business manager at an investment bank in Israel.

And the British Middle East Eye news site had said last May that the nomination of David Barnea to head the Israeli intelligence service (Mossad) next week, succeeding Yossi Cohen, will bring about “personal” changes to the way the Israeli foreign spy agency works. Although it will not affect the nature of its tasks, operations and priorities.

In an analysis by the Israeli expert on security and intelligence Yossi Melman, the website stated that these changes will primarily reflect the “style, traits and personality” of both the current Mossad chief and his successor, although they have worked closely together in all major agency operations since 2019.

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