Major General Aharon Haliva is a senior figure to resign over the 7 October attacks Photo: Wikipedia Creative Commons

Israeli military intelligence head resigns over 7 October failures

By James Mackenzie, Reuters |

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Aharon Haliva resigned over the 7 October attacks.Major General Aharon Haliva is a senior figure to resign over the 7 October attacks Photo: Wikipedia Creative Commons

The head of Israeli military intelligence has resigned after accepting responsibility for the failures that allowed the devastating Hamas-led attack on Israel on 7 October, the military said on Monday.

Major General Aharon Haliva, a 38-year veteran of the military, was one of a number of senior Israeli commanders who said they had failed to foresee and prevent the deadliest attack in Israel’s history.

“The intelligence division under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with. I have carried that black day with me ever since,” he said in a resignation letter released by the military.

He will remain in post until a successor is named. Israeli media and commentators expect further resignations once the main military campaign in Gaza wraps up.

The 7 October attack badly tarnished the reputation of the Israeli military and intelligence services, previously seen as virtually unbeatable by armed Palestinian groups like Hamas.

In the early hours of the morning, following an intense rocket barrage, thousands of fighters from Hamas and other groups broke through security barriers around Gaza, surprising Israeli forces and rampaging through communities in southern Israel.

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