Mossad Director Tamir Pardo today released the following statement:
 
"For the first time in its history, the Mossad had three candidates, who joined the Mossad as operations personnel and who served it for decades in various field and command positions. The three candidates served under me as Mossad deputy directors. They were all worthy of the position, as I told the Prime Minister. The fact that the appointment was considered among these three candidates is to the credit of the Mossad. It was my hope that the decisive importance of a professional appointment would be recognized. The competition among the three candidates was dignified and fair. I congratulate Yossi [Cohen] on his appointment. I am certain that he will know how to lead the Mossad in the face of tomorrow’s challenges with confidence, creativity and courage."