Israel Security Agency שירות הביטחון הכללי Sherut haBitaẖon haKlali, General Security Service جهاز الأمن العام
Emblem of the Shabak
Common name Shabak Abbreviation English: ISA, Local: Shabak - Hebrew: שב״כ, Arabic: شاباك Motto מגן ולא יראה Magen veLo Yera'e The Defender that shall not be seen or The unseen shield Agency overview Formed February 8, 1949  Preceding agency Jurisdictional structure National agency Israel Operations jurisdiction Israel Governing body Prime Minister of Israel Agency executive
Israel Security Agency ( ISA, : Hebrew שירות הביטחון הכללי Sherut ha-Bitaẖon haKlali "General Security Service"; : Arabic جهاز الأمن العام), better known by the acronym Shabak ( : Hebrew שב״כ, IPA: [ʃaˈbak] (, ) listen : Arabic شاباك) or the Shin Bet (a two-letter Hebrew abbreviation of the name), is 's internal Israel . Its security service is " motto Magen veLo Yera'e" ( מגן ולא יראה, lit. "Defender that shall not be seen" or "The unseen shield").
It is one of three principal organizations of the
, alongside ( Aman ) and the military intelligence (foreign intelligence service). Mossad
Shabak is believed to have three operational wings:
The Arab Affairs Department: responsible primarily for Arab-related activities in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. counterterrorism
The Non-Arab Affairs Department: responsible for non-Arab security issues and cooperation with foreign security agencies, previously concerned with the . Communist Bloc The Protective Security Department: responsible for protecting high-value individuals and locations in the country such as government officials, embassies, airports, and research facilities.
The counter-terrorist unit
is directly subordinate to Shin Bet.
Although a security agency, it is not a part of the
, and its chief answers directly to the Israeli Ministry of Defense .
Prime Minister of Israel