(VitalNews.org) – A New York Times report from last week claims that the Israeli government knew of a plan by Hamas to attack the Jewish state over a year before the radical Islamic group carried out its surprise, coordinated strike on October 7.
The Time report alleges that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and officials from Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) intercepted plans for a massive, coordinated attack by Hamas, but dismissed the plan as overly ambitious and too complicated for the Islamic extremist group to execute.
The document lays out a military incursion under the name “Jericho Wall” that is strikingly similar to the events that played out on Oct. 7 when Hamas stormed over the border from the Gaza Strop, killed roughly 1,400 people in Israel, and took about 200 others as hostages. The plan did not give a specific date for the attack, although it did outline a military assault aiming to overpower Israeli fortifications around the Gaza Strip territory.
The blueprint was apparently distributed widely amongst military and intelligence leaders in Israel, according to the Times report, and the Oct. 7 attack appears to have closely followed the plan, raising more questions about a failure by the Israeli government to maintain national security.
Last Friday, combat between the IDF and Hamas resumed in Gaza after a weeklong truce came to an end. Minutes after the truce concluded, Israeli fighter jets already resumed bombing the Palestinian territory. According to Netanyahu, the truce ended because Hamas violated the agreement by failing “to release all of the women hostages” last Friday and launching rockets into Israel instead.
On top of the roughly 1,400 killed in Israel during the Hamas attack, an estimated 13,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and the West Bank since the escalation began, raising international criticism against the Jewish state for possible war crimes and human rights violations. The conflict also created a wedge in American politics within both major parties.
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