Yossi Cohen NSA of Israel appointed as MOSSAD Chief by Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening named Yossi Cohen, his national security adviser, as the new head of the Mossad intelligence service. Netanyahu said Cohen, 54, has the “wealth of experience and achievements” necessary for the job. Considered close to Netanyahu, Cohen had served as the deputy head of the Mossad from 2011-2013, when he was appointed head of the National Security Council. He will succeed current Mossad chief Tamir Pardo, who steps down in January. Netanyahu announced the appointment in a televised appearance at the Prime Minister’s Office after weeks of speculation and rumors over possible candidates to head the famed spy agency. “Yossi Cohen has a vast wealth of experience and achievements and has proven his ability in various fields within the organization. He has leadership skills and professional understanding, which are the characteristics required of those who would lead the organization,” Netanyahu said.(Time of Israel)