Shin Bet Chief Met With Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah

Ronen Bar, the new head of Israel's internal security service, discussed security coordination and the Gaza Strip with Abbas, as part of a series of meetings with key security officials in the region

Yaniv Kubovich
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New Shin Bet director Ronen Bar, on Monday.
New Shin Bet director Ronen Bar, in October.Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The head of the Shin Bet security service met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the last few days to discuss security coordination and the efforts to reach an agreement on the Gaza Strip.

The new Shin Bet chief, Ronen Bar, has been meeting other high-ranking security officials in recent days, including the head of Egypt's intelligence, Abbas Kamel, and others from Cairo's security establishment on Sunday. Before this, he also met with Jordanian security officials.

The meeting comes amid concerns in Israel that economic collapse in the West Bank could have severe security ramifications for Israel. Earlier this week, Israel asked the Biden administration to exert pressure on Arab and European countries to increase financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Bar's appointment was approved by the Israeli cabinet in October. He replaces Nadav Argaman, who was in the position for five and a half years.

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