Israeli intelligence services knew of Hamas plans for an invasion of the southern part of the nation for more than a year, according to a shocking report from The New York Times.
The Oct. 7 massacre claimed the lives of more than 1,200 innocents, including at least 30 U.S. citizens. The Times said that intelligence and military officials categorized the terrorist plans as “aspirational,” meaning there was a low likelihood of them being carried out.
Israeli intelligence dubbed the scheme “Jericho Wall.”
In July, just three months before the horrific invasion, an intelligence analyst reported a training exercise conducted by Hamas that strongly resembled plans laid out in “Jericho Wall.” The Times said a senior officer called the maneuvers a “totally imaginative” situation.
The prevailing wisdom appeared to be that the Hamas plan was too ambitious to be successfully pulled off. At least one person disagreed.
At that point the analyst recalled the initial attack of 1973’s Yom Kippur War.
He wrote that the nation “underwent a similar experience 50 years ago on the southern front in connection with a scenario that seemed imaginary, and history may repeat itself if we are not careful.”
His warning obviously went unheeded.
The outlet reported that officials had plans that bore a striking resemblance to what transpired on Oct. 7. The terrorist invaders utilized paragliders, a sweeping rocket attack and drones to counteract Israeli border defenses that relied on sensors and remote-controlled military hardware.
The Times noted that the Hamas plan was widely distributed among leadership in the intelligence community as well as the military.
There has been no comment from Israeli intelligence or military officials.
The temporary truce that saw dozens of Israeli hostages released is over, and the quiet week was replaced on Friday with renewed military operations in Gaza. Military jets hit the strip just minutes after the ceasefire expired.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the truce ended due to Hamas violations. He also charged that the terrorist organization failed to meet “its obligation to release all of the women hostages today and has launched rockets at Israeli citizens.”
Hamas officials claim the offensive has killed over 13,300 Palestinians, mostly women and children.