Rockets being fired by Israel at HamasImage Credit source: AP/PTI
Israel’s security chiefs became aware of the devastating attack by Hamas on the morning of October 7, just two hours before it took place. However, Israel’s security chiefs had no idea that 5000 rockets would be fired simultaneously by Hamas. Israel’s News Channel 12 has made this claim in its report.
The report claimed that Israeli security officials had received intelligence reports that an attack was imminent, but believed that the threat was on a much smaller scale than that devastating attack. This was the reason why Israeli officials did not take intelligence information that seriously.
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Security officials had received only this information that Hamas terrorists may try to infiltrate into the border. Along with this, they can also kidnap some Israeli citizens. The report claims that senior Israeli army officers, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi and Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar were involved in the intelligence gathering.
Where did Israel go wrong?
After receiving intelligence, officials had reportedly decided that the matter could wait till the morning. This was the reason why Israel did not alert the IDF soldiers on the border nor did the tanks move forward. Many Israeli soldiers were also martyred in the attack by Hamas on October 7.
Shin Bet sent operation team after intelligence report
The Israeli channel has claimed that after receiving intelligence, the step was taken by Shin Bet and a small operation team was sent to the border area. At the time when Hamsa attacked Israel, this team was involved in an operation in Kibbutzim. Hamas fighters also attacked this team.
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