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Top Israeli Intelligence Official Steps Down After Blunders in October 7 Attack

Israeli Intelligence

In a significant development, the Israeli military announced the resignation of Major General Aharon Haliva, the head of Israeli military intelligence, in a statement issued on Monday.

This decision came in the aftermath of the October 7 attack on Israel, led by Hamas, which Haliva accepted responsibility for, alongside other senior commanders.

Haliva’s resignation was preceded by his candid admission of failure to anticipate and prevent the devastating assault. Reflecting on the events, he expressed his remorse in a resignation letter, acknowledging the shortcomings of the intelligence division under his command.

The Oct, 7 attack witnessed a breach of Gaza’s high-tech security barriers by thousands of Hamas and other fighters, catching Israeli forces off guard and resulting in widespread destruction in neighboring communities.

The toll of the assault was staggering, with approximately 1,200 lives lost, predominantly civilians, including foreigners. Additionally, around 250 individuals were captured and held in Gaza, with 133 still in captivity.

This unprecedented attack dealt a severe blow to the previously unblemished reputation of the Israeli military and intelligence services, once perceived as virtually invincible.

While Haliva took the step to resign, the heads of the armed forces and the domestic intelligence agency, Lieutenant-General Herzi Halevi and Ronen Bar, respectively, accepted responsibility but opted to remain in their positions amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to assume responsibility for the failures leading up to the attack.

Despite widespread public sentiment holding him accountable for inadequate measures to prevent or respond to the assault, Netanyahu has not formally acknowledged culpability.

The aftermath of the Oct. 7 attack continues to reverberate within Israel, prompting soul-searching within the military and political establishment.

As the nation grapples with the repercussions of this unprecedented breach, Haliva’s resignation marks a significant development in the quest for accountability and reform within Israeli defense and intelligence circles.

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