New top cop reflects rise of religious Zionism in Israeli society

The expected appointment of Shin Bet deputy director “R.” – whose full name will be soon published – as commissioner of police is another step in the changes that Israeli society and its elites are undergoing.

Like his boss at the domestic intelligence agency, Yoram Cohen, R. wears a kippa, and until three years ago he lived in a settlement in the West Bank, when he moved to a city not far from Tel Aviv.

Both Cohen and R. are products of the national-religious community, which is mostly represented by the right-wing Bayit Yehudi Party. Another product of this community, National Security Council head Yossi Cohen, will most probably soon be nominated to lead the Mossad. Yossi Cohen, however, stopped covering his head long ago.


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