Wednesday, January 6, Yossi Cohen assumed the position of head of the foreign intelligence «Mossad», having replaced on this post of Tamir Pardo. The ceremony of change of management «Mossad» took place in tel Aviv.
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.
Yossi Cohen was educated in the schools of the religious-Zionist direction. In the youth movement «Bnei Akiva» Cohen met his wife, Aya, who 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, have been 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, Cohen was Deputy head of the «Mossad» and his acting, and from 2013 to 2015 – Advisor to Prime Minister on national security.