Shin Bet eyes recruits with new Web site


The Shin Bet revamped its Web site.

This week’s overhaul appeared to be a bid to draw potential recruits to Israel’s internal security service .

The site, which was launched two years ago, now features dramatic testimonials by Shin Bet operatives about thwarted Palestinian terrorist attacks, historical footage of the agency’s operations and press statements. English- and Arabic-language pages are under construction.

Security sources said the Shin Bet, Israel’s equivalent of the American FBI or British MI-5, is keen to broaden its recruit pool given intense competition from private high-tech firms.

The shadowy intelligence agency, which until recently did not even reveal the name of its director, has felt some pressure to establish a more public profile following revelations on the broad scope of its  involvement in controversial practices like wiretapping.

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