Major General Majed Faraj is the head of General Intelligence Service (GIS). He is the only security chief with a political role and has been involved in the Palestinian Authority’s negotiations with Israel and the United States. He is one of Abbas’s closest confidants and is seen a possible successor for the presidency. He is also part of Fatah’s delegation in reconciliation talks with Hamas, responsible for the security file.
Majed Faraj was born 1963 in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem where he still has strong ties. As a youth, he was one of Fatah’s most prominent activists and was arrested by Israel many times. He became a member of the preventative security following the PA’s establishment. In 2002, his father was killed by Israeli forces during an incursion in Bethlehem. He was appointed head of the Military Intelligence in 2007 and head of the GIS in 2009. Faraj has good relations with the US and Israel; in a rare media interview, he boasted about security coordination with Israel and how his forces have stopped attacks against Israeli targets.