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New Report: Netanyahu Administration Had Foreknowledge of Oct. 7 Attack

The recently uncovered document adds to a growing number of reports indicating that Israeli officials knew a Hamas attack was coming, and when

New Report: Netanyahu Administration Had Foreknowledge of Oct. 7 Attack

A recently uncovered document has revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had detailed foreknowledge of Hamas’s plans for the Oct. 7 attack.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the classified document, titled "Detailed End-to-End Raid Training," was disseminated on Sept. 19, 2023, and meticulously outlined the series of exercises undertaken by Hamas. This critical intelligence was reportedly known to senior Israeli intelligence officials.

The drills, as described in the document, included assaults on military posts and kibbutzim, the abduction of soldiers and civilians, and strategies for holding hostages within the Gaza Strip. Kan News, an Israeli broadcasting company, first obtained the document, which was reported by the Post.

"Security sources told Kan News that the document was known to the intelligence leadership, at the very least in the Gaza Division,” according to the report.

Both Israeli and U.S. officials have long maintained that the attack was the result of an intelligence failure.

While the attack was ongoing, former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser Chuck Freilich said, “It’s a failure in terms of intelligence, operationally. It’s clear we were caught totally unprepared by this.”

A day after the attack, Jonathan Panikoff, former U.S. deputy national intelligence officer on the Middle East, said, “This was an intelligence failure; it could not be otherwise.”

However, the document uncovered by Kan News suggests these claims are likely false.

Despite possessing detailed intelligence on Hamas’ plans, senior Israeli officials reportedly failed to act “due to prevailing conceptions within the security establishment and possible negligence by senior officials,” according to the Post.

The report said Israeli intelligence monitored Hamas’ exercises and documented the actions the terrorist organization planned to take after breaching the border wall and taking over military posts. It was also noted that the number of hostages taken far exceeded the number planned to be captured by Hamas militants.

"Israeli intelligence officials who monitored the exercise detailed in the document the next steps after breaching into Israel and taking over the posts, determining that the instruction is to hand over the captured soldiers to the company commanders. The expected number of hostages, it states, is between 200 and 250 people," Kan News explained.

The report is yet another in a growing series detailing that the Israeli government had foreknowledge of the Hamas attack and failed to take action stop it.

Earlier this month, investigative journalist Ben Swann published a report with evidence that ten days before the October 7 attack — just a week after having obtained the physical attack plans — Israeli intelligence officials were “repeatedly warned” by their Egyptian counterparts of an impending attack from Hamas.

Those warnings were re-issued just three days prior to the attack.

Citing reports from The Times of Israel, Swann stated:

Foreign security services, Israeli security services, and the Israeli public all knew that Hamas was planning a violent cross border incursion where they would attempt to overrun and attack the kibbutz communities in Southern Israel and then take prisoners back to Gaza. And they also knew when. But it happened anyway.

Ten days before the attack, and then again, three days before the attack, Egypt's intelligence officials actually sent repeated warnings to the highest levels of the Israeli government.

In one of those warnings, Egypt's premier intelligence minister General Abbas Kamel personally called Netanyahu and warned him that Hamas was about to do “something unusual, a terrible operation.”

Unnamed Egyptian officials told Ynetnews that they were shocked by Netanyahu's indifference to the news.

Following its review of detailed documents, The New York Times published a report last November stating that Israeli officials obtained Hamas’ battle plan for the Oct. 7 attack more than a year before it happened.

“The approximately 40-page document, which the Israeli authorities code-named ‘Jericho Wall,’ outlined, point by point, exactly the kind of devastating invasion that led to the deaths of about 1,200 people,” according to the Times, which added, “Hamas followed the blueprint with shocking precision.”

One week after the attack, show host and film producer Lauren Witzke interviewed Cecily Routman, a Jewish charity leader, who said she’d spoken with her Israeli Rabbi who shared emails and information from top government officials demonstrating that Netanyahu ordered a military stand down during the Hamas invasion.

“He sent out a missive that indeed the IDF was given stand down orders, both the Army and the Air Force, seven hours to stand down while those attacks took place,” Routman said. “And this allowed the terrorists to come in and begin slaughtering and torturing the citizens personally.”

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