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Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet

Location: Israel

Type: Police

The Shin Bet, similarly to the FBI, is in charge of internal security intelligence. It’s three main wings target: Arab-related counterterrorism threats in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, non-Arab security issues, and protecting high-value individuals and location.

The Sin Bet carries out investigations into suspected terrorist activities such as the smuggling of explosives and terrorism recruitment. This work also involves interrogating terrorist suspects, providing intelligence for counterterrorism operations in the West Bank and Gaza.

They have been responsible for foiling terrorist attacks, such as suicide bombings by Hamas, uncovered terrorist cells, and intercepted weapons and explosive materials.

Though the Shin Bet is a security agency, it is not part of the Ministry of Defence. Instead, the Chief of the Shin Bet reports directly to the Prime Minister of Israel.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.