Comptroller's report also takes state to task for failing to issue work permits directly to Palestinian workers, who are subject to black market middlemen, despite 2016 to reform system
The Shin Bet, known in Hebrew by its acronym Shabak (Sherut ha'Bitachon ha'Klali or General Security Service), is Israel's internal security service, and currently headed by Yuval Diskin.
The Shin Bet is one of three principal organizations of Israel's intelligence community, along with Military Intelligence (Amman) and the Mossad, which is responsible for intelligence abroad.
According to its 2002 statute, the organization “serves the state of Israel and protects it from threats of terror, espionage, sabotage, subversion, and the exposure of state secrets.”
The Shin Bet was founded in 1948 with the declaration of Israel's independence, initially as a branch of the IDF. Responsibility for Shin Bet activity was later transferred from the IDF to the office of the prime minister.
Up until the 1967 Six-Day War, the Shin Bet focused on counter-espionage and monitoring political activity among Israel's Arab population. After the war, the agency's efforts to monitor terrorist activity in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip became a more dominant area of focus.
The Shin Bet has been accused of employing controversial methods during its interrogations of Palestinians.
Alongside its successes in thwarting terrorist activity against Israeli targets, the organization has also known failures, including the “Bus 300” affair, in which Shin Bet officials were accused of killing two Palestinian hijackers of an Israeli bus after they had been taken into custody. The organization also came under fire after the assassination of then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv by a far-right Israeli Jew. Rabin's death, according to the Shin Bet, “revealed severe flaws in the security apparatus.”
The Shin Bet gathers its intelligence through technological as well as human sources. One of the agency's most valued human resources was revealed in a February 2010 Ha'aretz exclusive when Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leaders in the West Bank, outed himseld a years-long a Shin Bet agent.
The first head of the Shabak was Isser Harel, who also headed the Mossad. In recent years, former Shin Bet heads Ami Ayalon and Avi Dichter have gone on to become Knesset members, for Labor and Kadima respectively.
Shin Bet concerned by intense protests against the prime minister and violent attacks on demonstrators, while his family has been saying police need to show a heavier hand
According to Channel 13 News report, Shin Bet was granted tracking ability as part of anti-Islamic State campaign, which was approved by a select Justice Ministry committee – apparently without parliamentary oversight
R. wanted to tell his story: How as a young man he came to work for the Shin Bet, was exposed, tortured, successfully rehabilitated, yet lives in limbo
Tracking by security service extended until 2021, but the cabinet would have to reconfirm it every 21 days, and the Health Ministry must launch a mobile app that will facilitate contact tracing
Two developments will make it harder, more costly for firms to meet European privacy standards
Less than a fifth of the 30,000 people who appealed the order, given following monitoring by security service in first half of July, firmly told to remain in isolation
Shin Bet to convene urgent meeting with top officials, as Knesset panel demands solutions after thousands of Israelis claim they were mistakenly sent into quarantine with no way to appeal
Some say they were at home at the time in question, but they have no means of appealing the order which came after Knesset temporarily allowed Shin Bet assistance to locate suspected patients
Annexation could set the Mideast on fire. But Netanyahu has kept Israel’s security and intelligence chiefs completely in the dark – and now he’s replacing them with acquiescent loyalists
Coalition pushing forward legislation to allow the Shin Bet to track COVID-19 patients, despite promised delay in favor of softer permanent legislation
The 19-year-old says the Shin Bet security service broke the law by summoning him to a warning talk while leading him to believe it was a mandatory police summons
Sources tell Haaretz the current measure may face a vote as soon as Monday, but would expire within a few weeks.
Prosecutors say Nizmi Abu Bakr's indictment is based mostly on his confession, but the defense claims it doesn't fit the account he gave the Shin Bet of Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal's death during a West Bank raid
Analysis Israel's Security Service Opposes Tracking Citizens to Fight Coronavirus, but Government at a Loss
Cabinet found no solution to limit the virus’s spread, so comprehensive digital tracking is the plan
Knesset Gives Initial Approval for Comprehensive Digital Tracking by Security Service in Coronavirus Fight
'It could be that we’ll halt the illness and flatten the curve even before we finish the legislation, but we want to be in a position where we can use this tool if we choose,' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says
There seems to be no chance of a commission of inquiry being appointed into Israel’s failures in handling the coronavirus pandemic. But senior politicians don’t like taking unnecessary chances, and they take no prisoners
Some question the effectiveness of tracking, whether carried out by the Shin Bet or by private company, and say it is aimed at covering up Health Ministry’s failure to set up effective screening system
In recording aired on Channel 12, Shin Bet chief is heard opposing tracking of coronavirus patients
Legislation allowing the security service to track confirmed patients' cellphones to identify those with whom they came into contact has been frozen since early June
Shin Bet chief tells government panel his organization shouldn't be involved in a civilian matter ■ Ministers green light bill on government's authority to impose emergency regulations
Inspector of complaints agrees security service failed to tell right-wing activist he was under no obligation to show up for questioning, but finds that the violation was not malicious
An emergency regulation which has been in place since 2003 allows the government to refuse residency visas to Palestinians who are married to Israelis or have first-degree relatives here
Knesset subcommittee authorizes continuation of Shin Bet surveillance for the purpose of contact tracing
In rare interviews to mark the 70th anniversary of the organization’s founding, three former directors shared their views on assassinations as a tool of national security, revealing who really called the shots
Shin Bet Changed Security Protocol for Netanyahu’s First Day in Court – and Didn’t Tell Court Guards
The route inside the building that the prime minister took ended with him using his own podium to make his speech and have photographs taken in an area that violated court rules