They denounce that the Israel Defense Forces knew of Hamas's plan to kidnap 250 people before the October 7 massacre in Gaza

A recently published document warned that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and intelligence systems They knew, two weeks before it occurred, the Hamas plan to attack, kill and kidnap 250 people in the massacre of October 7, according to a text reproduced by the Jewish News Agency (AJN).

The document, compiled by the IDF Division specializing in the Gaza Strip, outlined the terrorist group’s intentions and He was known to senior officials in the intelligence services, according to Kan News, Israel’s public broadcaster.

Titled “Detailed End-to-End Raid Training,” the document was distributed on September 19, 2023, and thoroughly described a series of exercises carried out by elite Hamas units, it reported. The Jerusalem Post.

These exercises included storming military posts and kibbutzim (farming communities), kidnapping soldiers and civilians and holding hostages captive once transferred to the Palestinian coastal enclave.

According to Kan, “the document was known by the leadership of the intelligence services, at least in the Gaza Division.”

A protest against Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem. AP Photo

“Detailed End-to-End Raid Training” It is known at a time of growing widespread criticism in Israeli society about the inability to foresee and prevent the attack of October 7, which left a considerable number of victims and hostages.

The IDF had precise information about Hamas’s intentions, but due to the prevailing conceptions in the state security establishment and the possible negligence of the senior commanders, the warning signals were not acted upon, the text of the AJN.

The report also detailed that Israeli intelligence officials They supervised the exercise of the terrorist group and they documented the steps that Hamas planned to take after penetrating Israeli territory and taking over military posts.

The expected number of hostages, according to the document, It was between 200 and 250 people.

“Israeli intelligence officials who supervised the exercise detailed in the document the next steps after storming into Israel and taking over the posts, determining that the instruction is to hand over the captured soldiers to the company commanders,” Kan concluded.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, an IDF spokesman, called the mission a “complex and high-risk operation.”

This information, combined with a sophisticated new security barrier completed two years before the attack, was believed to make such an assault unlikely. However, in a major intelligence and security oversight, the security barrier failed.

In the coming weeks, the General Staff investigation team is expected to present the Chief of the General Staff with the initial conclusions of this failure, as the Israeli government and society try to understand how such a security failure could have occurred despite having knowledge detailed preview of the enemy’s plans.

By Editor

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