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New report suggests Israel ignored detailed warnings of Hamas attack more than a year in advance

QUESTIONS are amplifying over why Israel ignored warnings of Hamas’s deadly October 7 raid that killed 1,200 people, with the New York Times reporting today that Israeli officers had sight of a detailed Hamas plan for the operation a whole year in advance.

Hamas’s Saturday morning incursion, in which the border fence was destroyed in multiple places by bulldozers and hundreds of Hamas fighters were able to enter Israel, seize control of military installations and kill huge numbers of Israelis, shocked a country which has overwhelming military superiority over all Palestinian factions.

But Israeli media are increasingly asking why officers ignored warnings, with Channel 12 having reported earlier this week on leaked emails showing senior officers discussing intercepted plans which included a mass cross-border attack and even the notorious attack on a kibbutz.

Hamas also published a video on social media a month ahead of the attack in which its fighters broke through a mock border gate and took over a replica Israeli village.

The New York Times now claims Israeli officers had access to a 40-page plan code-named Operation Jericho Wall detailing a hypothetical attack on communities in southern Israel as early as 2022.

The document predicted that Hamas would bombard Israel with rockets, use drones to disable Israel’s security and surveillance abilities at the border wall, and take over southern communities and military bases. Another 2016 Israeli defence memo obtained by the Times said Hamas intended to take hostages back to Gaza.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the report, saying it was “currently focused on eliminating the threat from the terrorist organisation Hamas.”

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