Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he intends to name Israel's new Mossad director in the next few days.
Netanyahu consulted with defense establishment officials before making his decision. The candidates in the running include the deputy of current Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, identified only as T., Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin, and the departing Head of IDF Intelligence, Major General Amos Yadlin.
During his eight-year run, Dagan never groomed a successor. According to some reports, there is no one the Mossad chief is able to fully trust and recommend to the political leadership at this time.
Meanwhile, it appears that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have not yet agreed on their favorite candidate for the prestigious position. However, officials close to the PM are apparently seriously considering the appointment of Diskin, the head of the Shin Bet General Security Service.
Aside from the extensive knowledge Diskin has acquired over the years in the intelligence field, he is also intimately familiar with the work of the Mossad, specifically with counter-terror operations. He obtained much of his knolwedge and experience in this field when he was asked to advise the Mossad, following Dagan's request, on planning sensitive military operations.
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