Israel’s government approved Ronen Bar as the new chief of the Shin Bet intelligence agency on Monday.

Responding to the development, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted: “Ronen, in my name and in the name of the whole defense establishment, good luck. We have known one another for many years, and I am sure that you will conduct your role with dedication, professionalism and statesmanship, and that you will bring the organization to new heights.”

Bar began his military service as a combat soldier in the Sayeret Matkal unit.

Bar became head of the Force Build-Up Headquarters of the Shin Bet in 2016; two years later, in 2018, he became deputy head of the Shin Bet and assumed responsibility for the organization’s operational activities.