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Former Shin Bet deputy director Yitzhak Ilan dies from COVID-19

By  ILH Staff
October 16,2020

Former Shin Bet Deputy Director Yitzhak Ilan died overnight Friday from the coronavirus. He was 64.

According to Channel 12 News, Ilan contracted COVID-19 last month and had been hospitalized in critical condition.

Ilan served as the Israel Security Agency’s chief detective in Ramallah during the First Intifada in the late 1980s and as head of its Samaria division during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s. He headed the Shin Bet’s counterterrorism unit in Gaza and later headed its Investigations Department.

He was named deputy director of the Shin Bet in 2010 and served in this position for nearly two years.  He was slated to replaced Director Yuval Diskin in 2016, but , but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision name Nadav Argaman to the post led to him retiring.

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