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IDF Intel Chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva Resigns Over Oct. 7 Hamas Massacre

The head of IDF military intelligence resigned on Monday over the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the military said, becoming the first senior figure to step down over his role in the deadliest assault in Israel’s history.

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva’s resignation could set the stage for more resignations among Israel’s top security brass over Hamas’ attack, when terrorists blasted through Israel’s border defenses, rampaged through Israeli communities unchallenged for hours and killed 1,200 people, most civilians, while taking roughly 250 hostages into Gaza. That attack set off the war against Hamas in Gaza, now in its seventh month.

“The intelligence directorate under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with. I carry that black day with me ever since, day after day, night after night. I will carry the horrible pain of the war with me forever,” Haliva wrote in his resignation letter, which was provided by the military.

Haliva, as well as other military and security leaders, were widely expected to resign in response to the glaring failures that led up to Oct. 7 and the scale of its ferocity.

Shortly after the attack, Haliva had publicly said that he shouldered blame for not preventing the assault as the head of the military department responsible for providing the government and the military with intelligence warnings and daily alerts.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid welcomed the resignation, saying it was “justified and dignified.”

“It would be appropriate for Prime Minister Netanyahu to do the same,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.


3 Responses

  1. “It would be appropriate for Prime Minister Netanyahu to do the same,” This would only be factually correct if Itamar ben Gvir or Betzalel Smotrich or 1 of the religious party MK’s would replace him, but would be totally wrong, if lapid so much as even just thinks he is taking over.

  2. I understand that the 2023 October 7 was a massive failure of Israel’s intelligence community, but I do not understand what they should have done differently to prevent the massacre.

    Hamas moved with very strict secrecy, and if I had been a member of Israel’s intelligence community, I probably also would have failed to anticipate that tragic attack.

    Could somebody please explain what Israel’s intelligence community should have done differently to prevent the massacre? Exactly what did they do wrong?

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