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Tamir Pardo

(1953 - )

Tamir Pardo is an Israeli intelligence agenct and current the director of the Mossad.

Pardo was born in Tel Aviv to a family of Turkish and Serbian Jewish origins. During his compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces, Pardo was a communications officer in the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal. While a member of the unit, he was under the command of Yoni Netanyahu and participated in Operation Entebbe in 1976.

After completing his military service, Pardo was recruited by Mossad and served in various communications and technology-related positions, including several management positions. He served as deputy chief of Mossad under Meir Dagan from 2002 to 2005 and again in 2008. After his first stint as deputy chief, Pardo left Mossad and worked as a special operations advisor for the IDF. Pardo retired from the Mossad in 2009 after Meir Dagan's term as Director was extended for another 6 months.

On November 29, 2010, Pardo was announced as Dagan's replacement to lead the Mossad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His term began January 2011.

Sources: Haaretz, Wikipedia