Posts Tagged ‘Nadav Argaman’

Shin Bet Warns Israel’s Ministers: Death Penalty for Terrorists Will Lead to Kidnappings of Jews Worldwide

January 3, 2018

Despite the warning, Netanyahu backed the bill in a preliminary Knesset vote: ‘A person who slaughters and laughs should be put to death’

Chaim Levinson Jan 03, 2018 5:12 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Knesset, October 24, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Knesset, October 24, 2017. Olivier Fitouss

UPDATE: Knesset gives preliminary backing to death penalty for terrorists bill

The Shin Bet security service has voiced its objections to the death penalty bill, which it suspects will trigger a wave of kidnappings of Jews around the world to use them in negotiations.

Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has shared his negative opinion of the bill with the inner security cabinet. The security service will be presenting its opinion to the cabinet when it convenes to discuss the bill, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would.

The bill received preliminary backing from the Knesset on Wednesday and still needs to pass three rounds of voting in order to become a law. Despite the warning, Netanyahu backed the bill and, in unusual remarks ahead of the vote, said that, “a person who slaughters and laughs should not spend his life behind bars but be put to death.”

The Shin Bet is predicting abductions of Jews not only in Muslim countries, but in the West as well. It also has other objections to the bill. In 2011, when some – including Central Command General Avi Mizrahi – were advocating the death penalty for Amjad Awad for murders of five members of the Fogel family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the Shin Bet objected and the idea fell through.

Ahead of the bill’s preliminary reading, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said in a private conversation that he is not bound by the cabinet’s position – and that is just one of many considerations. Mendelblit had also opposed the death penalty as chief military prosecutor, and his position has not changed.

Present military law allows the death penalty to be handed down for murder committed as part of a terror act, but it is conditional on the unanimous support of the sentence by the judges. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who sponsored the bill, proposes that an ordinary majority of judges should suffice to sentence a terrorist to death. The bill also bans leniency after a final death sentence has been handed down.

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Israel Stopped 400 Major Terror Attacks in 2017, Shin Bet Chief Says — “The calm we are experiencing is misleading — Hamas is trying with all its might to carry out attacks and undermine the stability of the Palestinian Authority.”

December 24, 2017

Palestinian front unstable ‘particularly after Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem,’ Nadav Argaman tells lawmakers

By Jonathan Lis Dec 24, 2017 11:17 AM


Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman during his overview to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.

Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman – heed his warnings. Emil Salman

Israel foiled 400 potential major terror attacks in 2017, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman disclosed on Sunday.

Speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Argaman noted that 13 of which were planned suicide attacks and eight of the attacks were planned kidnappings. Further, 1,100 potential lone wolf attacks were thwarted.

The Shin Bet chief noted that there were 54 attacks carried out in 2017, a decrease from 108 carried out in 2016. Argaman qualified the decrease, however, stating that “the calm we are experiencing is misleading, and Hamas is trying with all its might to carry out attacks and undermine the stability of the Palestinian Authority.”

Argaman added that the Palestinian front, in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, is quite unstable, “particularly after Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem.” He added that this reality is more challenging than ever in Gaza.

In March, Argaman told the committee that the Middle East is undergoing geopolitical change that will reveberate for years to come, including the implications of the Iran nuclear agreement on terrorism in the Middle East.

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Israel Security Chief: Agency Strikes Back at Online Hackers — Offensive cyber counterattacks

June 27, 2017

JERUSALEM — Israel’s security chief says his agency, the Shin Bet, has gone on the offensive against hackers trying to carry out cyberattacks against Israel on the internet.

The remarks by Nadav Argaman are a rare admission of Israel’s use of offensive cyber capabilities.

Argaman spoke at a cyber defense conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

He says that “passive defense” is not enough, and that the Shin Bet studied hackers’ strategies and developed “a variety of ways and methods” on how to strike back.

Israeli cyber officials are ordinarily reluctant to discuss the use of offensive capabilities against hackers.

Israel Appoints New Head of Shin Bet Security Agency

February 11, 2016


JERUSALEM — Israel has appointed a new head of its shadowy Shin Bet internal security agency.

In a statement from his office Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Nadav Argaman would soon head the organization. Argaman, 55, is the current deputy chief. He’s been with the Shin Bet since 1983 and spent four years as its representative in the United States.

Netanyahu said he was confident the Shin Bet would “continue to safeguard Israel’s security” under Argaman’s leadership.

In his new position, Argaman will face pressure to quell a relentless five month-long wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis. The Shin Bet is Israel’s domestic spy agency. The is Mossad  its international equivalent.

Argaman will replace current Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen. The statement didn’t say when Argaman would begin his term.


This story has been corrected to show that the current head of the Shin Bet is Yoram Cohen, not Yossi Cohen.