Israeli military intelligence had known for over a year that Hamas was preparing a large-scale attack, according to a 40-page document from the Palestinian Islamist movement. This document, codenamed Jericho Wall, outlined a strategy to overwhelm Israeli security forces and target cities and military bases. The plan included a barrage of rockets, drones aimed at destroying security cameras, and fighters entering Israel via various means.
An Unheeded Warning
An analyst from Israel's elite 8200 intelligence unit warned that a Hamas military exercise bore similarities to the Jericho Wall attack plan. Despite these warnings and undeniable evidence, a military colonel dismissed the scenario as totally imaginary. This oversight led to what is now considered the worst Israeli intelligence failure since the surprise attack that precipitated the Arab-Israeli war of 1973.
The Devastating Aftermath
The failure to take these warnings seriously resulted in a devastating attack that led to the deaths of about 1,200 people and the abduction of 200 hostages. The intelligence failure not only shed light on the missteps and miscalculations that culminated in the deadly attack but also marked a significant milestone in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Role of Yahya Sinwar and Rising Tensions
The role of Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, is highlighted as a key figure in the conflict. Furthermore, the extreme right in Israel is using the Hamas attack to push for the reinstatement of the death penalty. As the tension between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate with attacks and hostage exchanges, the need for rigorous intelligence scrutiny and decisive action has never been more critical.