Cabinet Votes to Extend Tenure of Shin Bet Chief by Four Months

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Head of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Cabinet ministers on Sunday held a telephone vote, and approved a four-month extension of current Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman’s tenure.

Argaman’s tenure was supposed to conclude in May.

The three main candidates for the post are: current deputy Shin Bet chief “R,” the most recent former deputy Shin Bet chief, also known as “R”; and Netanyahu’s preference, Meir Ben Shabbat, a former senior Shin Bet official and current National Security Council Chief.

Although Netanyahu prefers Ben Shabbat, who has emerged as one of his closest advisors in recent years, the ongoing political deadlock and transitional government have potentially blocked this appointment from multiple directions.