Biography[edit | edit source]
Conscription[edit | edit source]
Shin Bet Service[edit | edit source]
In 1982, after finishing his compulsory service in the IDF, he started working at the Shin Bet. His first post at Shin Bet was security officer for the field coordinators. After studying an Arabic course and having been sent to the Shin Bet field coordinators course, he became, in 1983, field coordinator of Binyamin Region, and in 1989 the field coordinator of Ramallah Region.
In 1991, he was appointed head of the Operative Desk in Yehuda Region, and in 1996 he was appointed head of the Terror Prevention Division in Yehuda Region. Between 1999-2001 he served as head of the Arab-Iranian Terror Prevention Division. In 2003, he was appointed head of the Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria Area.
In 2005, he was elected deputy to Shin Bet chief, Yuval Diskin, and engaged in a policy building and operating power, and organizational decisions. In 2008, he went to the United States and was a research fellow at the Washington United States policy in the Near East. Upon his return to Israel in 2010, he was responsible for formulating the concept of service management in the coming decade.
On 28 March 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Cohen will replace Diskin, and will serve as the 12th Shin Bet chief. On May 15, 2011, Cohen replaced Yuval Diskin as Shabak Director.
Education[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Yoram was born to parents that came to Israel from Afghanistan. Cohen wears a Kippah and comes from a religious family. Since 1983 he lives in Jerusalem. Cohen is married and has five children.