Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet is interested in appointing former Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin to serve as the country’s national security adviser, Channel 13 said in a report aired on Monday evening.

He would replace Meir Ben-Shabbat, who formerly held several senior intelligence agency positions in the Shin Bet.

Citing senior security sources, the report said that Bennet sees Yadlin, 69, as a “leading candidate” for the post, which also includes heading the National Security Council.

A former Israeli defense attaché to the United States, Yadlin served as executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv until May, when he resigned from the position after 10 years. His career in the Israel Defense Forces spanned 40 years, eight of them serving as a member of the IDF General Staff.

A former deputy Israeli Air Force commander, as a fighter pilot, Yadlin took part in the “Operation Tamuz” in 1981, when the IAF destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq.

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