Muhammad Maruh Kabha, who is suspected of killing Esther Horgen near her West Bank settlement last month, told investigators he was influenced by the death of a high-profile prisoner
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.
The chatter about the race for the top position is making security top brass nauseous: Some things should stay secret, they feel
The driver, who was unharmed, exited the car and shouted to forces that he is Jewish, which made them stop shooting
Beginning January 20, Shin Bet will only be permitted to monitor confirmed COVID-19 patients who refuse to take part in contact tracing or following a significant spike in infections
Government cites ‘preliminary signs that the efficiency of this tool may be on the decline’ in response to Supreme Court petition against security service's contact tracing
Security service intervenes to ascertain possible political motive. Police believe that the assailants were targeting a neighbor, but the names and addresses of the families on the street are clearly marked
Warnings about an Iranian attempt to exploit the situation in the Persian Gulf have existed for years, but the expectation of visits by tens of thousands of Israelis is a major headache for the Shin Bet and Mossad
Israeli lawmakers for months voted to extend the Shin Bet’s mandate to track citizens, despite warnings that it wasn't working
Meanwhile, government watchdog is probing security vulnerabilities in the Central Elections Committee's computer system as Israelis may be heading to the polls for the fourth time in two years
The Shin Bet’s cell phone tracking has failed shamefully, yet the government keeps trying to intrude even further into our lives via our phones. And once it gets in, it’s hard to believe it will ever get out again
From the government to the police, it seems that Israel has fallen in love with the idea of surveillance on its citizens. Here are the problems they don't want to discuss
Thousands of soldiers have been put to work, keeping tabs on revelers attending illegal events under COVID restrictions. Some worry this might be another step down the 'slippery slope' to authoritarianism
Despite the Shin Bet's dismal record in coronavirus contact tracing, the government still wants to increase its use of personal data collected by the security service
An interview with Maher Akhras, a Palestinian whom Israel is jailing without a trial, and who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days. 'I do not choose death. But I am standing steadfast until all of us, as human beings, are free'
Instead Justice Ministry seeks to allow epidemiological investigators to contact the police on their own initiative if they suspect a 'serious crime'
Ex-security service chief Ami Ayalon says the prime minister’s death was as much an intelligence failure as a security one
State comptroller's report also criticizes political leadership for allowing the agency to track cellphone users for contact tracing
Proposed legislation would allow information on patients' movement and contacts, as collected by the Health Ministry and army, and possibly the Shin Bet security service, to be used for criminal investigations
Israel's Security Service to Monitor Families of COVID-19 Carriers Suspected of Violating Quarantine
About 30 percent of confirmed carriers do not cooperate with the contact tracing investigation, IDF Home Front Command’s Alon task force for contact tracing says
With a very low success rate and few real details, the Shin Bet’s mandate for contact tracing was extended for the fifth time
Clinical psychologist Ilan Diamant, who worked for the Mossad, talks about what turns people into double agents, and how the system tries to identify them before they can cross the lines
Yasmin Jaber, arrested by Shin Bet along with other suspects, allegedly headed a cell that attempted to recruit Israelis and Palestinians, security service said
A new book by former navy and Shin Bet chief-turned-politician Ami Ayalon aims to decipher the collective DNA of Israel, Zionism and Judaism
Justice Ministry unit at a standstill, refraining from investigations against top officers, some of its senior members tell court
Contradicting Police Chief, Shin Bet Found No Evidence of Terrorism Before 2017 Killing of Bedouin Teacher
Internal document obtained by Haaretz indicates that the security service never suspected Yakub Abu al-Kiyan of trying to run over police officers, who shot him to death in 2017
Comments by Amir Ohana come after report that then-state prosecutor Shai Nitzan prevented probe into conduct of police chief in case because of 'national interest'
Khalil Dweikat, from a village near Nablus in the West Bank, took a knife from the building site kitchen and went off to kill a random Israeli Jew