Tamir Pardo has been named as the incoming chief of Israel's international intelligence agency, the Mossad.
In making the announcement Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister's Office noted that Pardo served as deputy to outgoing Mossad chief Meir Dagan, and has been a long-time veteran of the agency.
During the 1976 rescue of the hijacked hostages in Entebbe, Uganda, Pardo served as the communications officer for Yoni Netanyahu, the brother of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was killed in the operation.
The prime minister said in a statement Monday afternoon that he is “certain” that Pardo is “the right person to lead the Mossad in the coming years in light of the complex challenges facing the State of Israel.”
The prime minister expressed his “deep appreciation” for the “great contribution” made by the outgoing Mossad director to the security of the state. He added that he is “certain that Dagan will continue to contribute to the State of Israel.”
An official photograph of Pardo has yet to be made available.