A senior Israeli official on Saturday admitted “errors” in intelligence assessments forward of a brutal Hamas assault final weekend that took the nation abruptly.
Palestinian militants, early October 7, launched a multi-pronged assault, breaching the Gaza border barrier and focusing on southern Israeli communities and armed forces bases.
“It’s my mistake, and it displays the errors of all these making (intelligence) assessments,” Nationwide Safety Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi informed a press briefing when requested about his current remarks predicting no Hamas aggression.
“We actually believed that Hamas realized the lesson from” its final main battle with Israel in 2021, Hanegbi stated.
Greater than 1,300 civilians and safety forces have been killed because the assault started, based on Israeli officers, and at the least 120 have been seized by militants and believed to be held captive in Gaza.
Hanegbi rejected negotiations in the direction of any prisoner swap take care of Hamas.
“There’s no strategy to negotiate with an enemy we’ve got sworn to obliterate,” he stated.
Relentless Israeli air strikes on the blockaded Palestinian enclave over the previous week have killed upwards of two,200, together with at the least 600 kids, Hamas officers stated.