After former Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi admitted that there were errors in the intelligence services’ assessments before a surprise attack carried out by Hamas on October 7, the head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Authority, Aharon Haliva, announced that the intelligence services under his supervision had encountered a major failure and had not succeeded in providing a warning about the Conflict outbreak.
Haliva confirmed on Wednesday, “As I indicated at the beginning, I am the person responsible for this failure”.
It’s worth noting that Tzachi Hanegbi admitted in press statements on October 14 that there had been an error in the assessment he gave regarding the lack of expectation of a Hamas attack.
He said, “It’s an error on my part and reflects the mistakes of those who made these intelligence assessments”.
He added, “We seriously believed that Hamas had benefited from previous experience during the last war with Israel in 2021”.
In addition, he explained that Israel didn’t succeed in its mission in repelling the attack coming from Gaza, pointing to the severe loss it suffered, and stressed the importance of focusing now on responding strongly and ending Hamas’ presence in the Gaza Strip.