Education and pre-ISA activity
Yuval Diskin was born in 1956 and grew up in Givatayim. He enlisted in the IDF in 1974 and served as combat soldier, platoon commander, and deputy company commander in Shaked Reconnaissance Unit until January 1978.
Diskin has a BA in Israel Studies and Political Science from Bar Ilan University and an MA in Political Science and Public Administration, with integrated National Security Studies, from Haifa University.
May 1978 – began training as ISA case officer.
1979 – posted to Samaria as Nablus area case officer.
1982 – posted to an ISA force operating in Lebanon together with IDF during the conquest of Western Beirut.
1983 – posted to Lebanon as Zidon regional case officer.
1984 – appointed Samaria district case officer.
1990 – Head of Counterterrorism Department at the ISA HQ.
1993 – headed the process of establishing security contacts with the Palestinian security apparatuses as part of the Oslo process. Later established security contacts with the Jordanian and Egyptian security apparatuses on ISA's behalf.
1994 – Deputy Head of Arab and Iranian Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Division, and subsequently promoted to Head of the Division.
1997 – Head of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria Field Office.
July 2000 –Deputy Head of ISA until September 2003.
2004 – during his MA studies at Haifa University, served as special advisor to Head of Mossad (ISIS), Mr. Meir Dagan.
May 15, 2005 – appointed Head of Israel Security Agency.
2010 – requested by the Prime Minister to extend his service as Head of ISA for another year.
May 15, 2011 – completed his service in ISA and retired.
Upon retiring, Diskin started a career in high-tech.