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Israeli military intelligence chief resigns over Hamas’s Oct 7 assault
Published on: Monday, April 22, 2024
By: AFP
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Israeli military intelligence chief resigns over Hamas’s Oct 7 assault
Rockets are fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip on Oct 7, 2023 as Hamas announced a new operation against Israel. (AP pic)
JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said today the chief of its intelligence directorate had resigned after taking responsibility for failures leading to the unprecedented Oct 7 attack by Hamas.

Major-General Aharon Haliva is the first high-ranking official to step down for failing to prevent the attack that shocked Israel and the international community.

“Major-General Aharon Haliva, in coordination with the chief of the general staff, has requested to end his position, following his leadership responsibility as the head of the intelligence directorate for the events of Oct 7,” the military said in a statement.

“It was decided that MG Aharon Haliva will end his position and retire from the IDF (army), once his successor is appointed in an orderly and professional process.”

In his resignation letter, Haliva took responsibility for failing to prevent the attack.

“On Saturday, Oct 7th 2023, Hamas committed a deadly surprise attack against the state of Israel,” he wrote in the letter, a copy of which was given to journalists by the military.

“The intelligence division 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 forever carry with me the terrible pain of the war.”

The Hamas attack resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Since then, Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas and is engaged in a blistering assault against the armed group which rules the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian territory’s health ministry said 34,097 people have been killed in Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, most of them women and children.

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