On 13 December, the Commission on the appointment of senior civil servants chaired by retired judge Jacob Tirkel approved the appointment of Yossi Cohen to the post of the head «Mossad».
That Yossi Cohen, who heads the national security Council, will be the next, 12th the head of the Israeli intelligence services, announced Benjamin Netanyahu on 7 December.
The new head «Mossad» 54 years old, he was born in Jerusalem and grew up in the Metropolitan area Catamon. His father Aryeh Cohen was a fighter underground organizations the ETZEL fought against the British during the British mandate. Many commentators write that the ideological closeness of the families who grew Cohen and Prime Minister Netanyahu, played a role in their successful collaboration.
Cohen was educated in the schools of the religious-Zionist direction. In the youth movement «Bnei Akiva» Cohen met his wife, Aya, who today works as a nurse in the hospital «Shaare Zedek». The family Cohen had four children. One of his sons, Yonatan, from birth suffered from cerebral palsy and has a 100% disability. Despite this, Yonatan Cohen was called on service in the IDF, completed officer training and was discharged with the rank of captain reconnaissance troops.
His service in the «Mossad» Yossi Cohen began in 1982, after the course of recruitment agents. Then was appointed head of the intelligence Department «from». In 2000, Cohen took indefinite leave for family reasons, which, according to some publications, associated with her son’s disease.
Two years later he returned to service, and in 2006 became a head of the management of operations «Mossad». Cohen is a laureate of the Israel prize for special merits in the field of security.
From 2011 to 2013 he was Deputy head of the «Mossad» and his acting, and from 2013 to 2015 – Advisor to Prime Minister on national security.
The new head «Mossad» characterized as a man is extremely charismatic and charming. For elegant looks and a love of costumes, he was nicknamed «the male model».
December 8, Cohen told reporters that «he thanked the Prime Minister for the trust». «Task «Mossad» is the operations and information gathering for the benefit of the security of Israeli citizens, and in this direction we will continue to work without excessive noise,» added Cohen.