Israel’s head of navy intelligence to resign over failures resulting in Oct. 7 assaults

The pinnacle of Israeli navy intelligence, who final 12 months accepted accountability for the failures that allowed the Hamas-led assault on Israel on Oct. 7, has resigned, the navy stated in a press release on Monday.

Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva was one in all a lot of senior Israeli commanders who stated that they had didn’t foresee and forestall essentially the most devastating assault in Israel’s historical past.

“The intelligence division below my command didn’t dwell as much as the duty we had been entrusted with. I’ve carried that black day with me ever since,” the 38-year veteran of the Israeli navy stated in a resignation letter launched by the navy.

Haliva will stay in his publish till a successor is known as. Israeli media and commentators anticipate additional resignations as soon as the principle navy marketing campaign in Gaza wraps up.

Throughout the Oct. 7 assault, 1000’s of fighters from Hamas and different teams broke by means of the high-tech safety boundaries round Gaza, shocking Israeli forces and rampaging by means of the communities across the enclave.

This picture produced from video supplied by Israeli Defence Forces in December reveals Aharon Haliva, the top of Israel’s navy intelligence in Gaza Metropolis, Gaza Strip, in an undated photograph. (Israel Defence Forces/The Related Press)

Some 1,200 Israelis and foreigners had been killed within the assault, together with a number of Canadian residents. Round 250 had been taken into captivity in Gaza, the place 133 stay as hostages, in keeping with Israeli authorities tallies.

The assault badly tarnished the popularity of the Israeli navy and intelligence providers, beforehand seen as just about unbeatable.

The pinnacle of the armed forces, Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi, and the top of the home intelligence company Shin Guess, Ronen Bar, each accepted accountability within the aftermath of the assault however have stayed on whereas the struggle in Gaza has continued.

Against this, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has to this point not accepted accountability, though surveys point out that the majority Israelis blame him for failing to do sufficient to forestall or defend towards the assault.

1000’s of Israeli demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday to name for brand spanking new elections and demand extra motion from the federal government to deliver the hostages held in Gaza dwelling, within the newest spherical of protests towards Netanyahu.

“We’re right here to protest towards this authorities that retains dragging us down, month after month; earlier than October 7, after October 7. We stored taking place in a spiral,” stated Yalon Pikman, 58, who attended a march in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu has pledged to proceed the Israeli marketing campaign in Gaza, threatening a floor offensive in Rafah, the place it is believed over half of Gaza’s 2.3 million individuals are at the moment gathered.

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U.S. President Joe Biden has urged Israel to not launch a large-scale offensive in Rafah to keep away from extra Palestinian civilian casualties.

A minimum of 34,151 Palestinians have been killed and 77,084 wounded in Israel’s navy offensive on Gaza since Oct. 7, the Gaza Well being Ministry stated in a press release on Monday. The ministry doesn’t distinguish between combatants and civilians, although it has stated nearly all of the lifeless are ladies and youngsters.

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