Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday appointed veteran Mossad agent Tamir Pardo to lead the spy agency in a period likely to focus on Israel’s covert war over Iran’s nuclear program.
Pardo, 57, previously unknown to the Israeli public because of the secretive nature of his post, replaces Meir Dagan who retires in December after eight often controversial years in the job.

“Pardo served for many years in senior positions in the Mossad. In his last position he served as deputy Mossad chief,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office