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Jerusalem - First Observant Jew to be Chosen as Shin Bet Chief

Published on: March 28, 2011 03:17 PM
By: AP
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Yoram CohenJerusalem - Israel’s premier has chosen a veteran agent of the Shin Bet internal security service as the next head of the agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Yoram Cohen to replace outgoing director Yuval Diskin.

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Netanyahu said Monday, “Yoram was the spearhead of activity in the agency over the past few years.” Netanyahu said Cohen is “a real field man.”

The Shin Bet handles internal security in Israel and the Palestinian areas.

Cohen takes over at a time of tension with the Palestinians, with a sudden escalation in attacks and counterattacks between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza.

He served as deputy under Diskin, who steps down in May after six years at the helm of the agency.

Israeli media  said Cohen would be the first Orthodox Jew to hold the position.



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 Mar 28, 2011 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

He is a true professional and has clearly stated that he will not allow his religious beliefs to interfere with his performance of his intelligence responsibilities.

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 03:24 PM Wiznitzer Says:

So, as he will be working undercover, he will be a tzaddik nister :-)

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

He is a true professional and has clearly stated that he will not allow his religious beliefs to interfere with his performance of his intelligence responsibilities.

So not so religious after all...

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 04:12 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

So not so religious after all...

Your sarcasm is unwarranted.....the last thing EY would want is a shin beit director who calls his rebbe for advice on how to address a terrorist threat. EY has always succeeded when the generals and rabbonim each do what they know best and one does not interfere with the other.

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

To #3- According to you, he would only pass muster if he had payyot, a long beard, and wore a black coat, with a large black hat.

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

I hope he does well because eretz Yisroel but this is going to be a big problem I mean I hope he doesn't turn out to be yair naveh #2

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 05:33 PM A humble thought Says:

To 1, 3, 4, and 5

I believe all may be mistaken.. Hopefully, the gadol or Rav who advises him recognizes that he possesses the expertise in his area, no different than a radiologist possesses his expertise. Religion dictates that Shabbos must be violated to save lives and the posaik who he asks will advise him in that manner.

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 08:14 PM enlightened-yid Says:

I got excited and thought a Haredi black hat had made it this far, but as always the observant Jew in this case refers to another successful Jew from the Modern-Orthodox movements. I guess it's hard to work in an intelligence agency if your community doesn't value strong secular education, military service and college education.

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

He is a true professional and has clearly stated that he will not allow his religious beliefs to interfere with his performance of his intelligence responsibilities.

how does frumkait clash with proffesionalim? how would it clash with intelligence responsibilities? do you think frumkait can be taken in and out of a shirt pocket as per the situation?

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 Mar 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM Barsechel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Your sarcasm is unwarranted.....the last thing EY would want is a shin beit director who calls his rebbe for advice on how to address a terrorist threat. EY has always succeeded when the generals and rabbonim each do what they know best and one does not interfere with the other.

Clearly you are not a frum person.

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 Mar 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM Anonymous Says:

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esther Says:

how does frumkait clash with proffesionalim? how would it clash with intelligence responsibilities? do you think frumkait can be taken in and out of a shirt pocket as per the situation?

They don't "clash". A frum person can be intelligent and know not to call his rebbe for advice on matters that rabbonim don't really have any expertise about such as geopoltical threats, cybersecurity and anti-terrorist planning.

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 Mar 29, 2011 at 03:53 AM GB_Jew Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They don't "clash". A frum person can be intelligent and know not to call his rebbe for advice on matters that rabbonim don't really have any expertise about such as geopoltical threats, cybersecurity and anti-terrorist planning.

You know that, #11. I know that.

But do the rabbonim know the limitations of their expertise?

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 Mar 29, 2011 at 04:26 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

To #3- According to you, he would only pass muster if he had payyot, a long beard, and wore a black coat, with a large black hat.

you missed the Strokess

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