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According to the New York Times, Israel had gotten wind of Hamas' plans

2023-12-01T02:57:44.242Z

Highlights: Israeli officials had obtained Hamas' plan to carry out an unprecedented attack on Israel more than a year in advance. Israeli military intelligence had got its hands on a 7-page document detailing, point by point, a vast attack like the one perpetrated by commandos on October 1. The document, which circulated in intelligence circles under the code name "Jericho Wall," did not give a date for a possible attack. But a colonel in Gaza's military division dismissed the scenario, calling it "totally imaginary"


Israeli military intelligence had got its hands on a 7-page document detailing, point by point, an attack like the one carried out on October 1, which killed some 200,<> people in Israel.


Could the bloody attacks of October 7 have been thwarted? A New York Times investigation reveals that while intelligence gathering did not fail, a biased analysis of Hamas' capabilities at the highest levels led to the failure of the security services. According to the New York daily, which relies on secret documents, Israeli officials had obtained Hamas' plan to carry out an unprecedented attack on Israel more than a year in advance, but deemed this scenario unrealistic. Israeli military intelligence had got its hands on a 7-page document from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas detailing, point by point, a vast attack like the one perpetrated by commandos on October 1 that killed about 200,<> people in Israel, according to the leading American daily.

The document, which circulated in intelligence circles under the code name "Jericho Wall," did not give a date for a possible attack but set out specific points to saturate Israel's security apparatus and then attack cities and military bases. Specifically, the document documents a barrage of rockets, drones destroying security cameras and automated defense systems, and then fighters paragliding, driving and walking across the Israeli side of the Oct. 7 attack.

A 'totally imaginary' scenario

But it was "not possible to determine" whether the plan had been "completely" approved by the Hamas leadership and how it could translate into reality, according to an internal IDF document obtained by The Times. In July, however, an analyst from the elite intelligence unit 8200 warned that a military exercise that Hamas had just conducted resembled in many respects the plan for the attack in the "Jericho Wall" document. But a colonel in Gaza's military division dismissed the scenario, calling it "totally imaginary."

"I categorically refute the idea that this scenario is imaginary (...) This is a plan for a war" not just an attack "on a village," the analyst wrote in encrypted emails seen by the newspaper. "We already had a similar experience 50 years ago on the southern front about a scenario that seemed imaginary. History could repeat itself if we are not careful," the analyst wrote almost prophetically to his colleagues, referring to the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

According to the Times, while the "Jericho Wall" document has been circulated within Israel's military hierarchy, it is unclear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet have consulted it.

Source: lefigaro

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