IDF Intelligence Directorate was warned of attack

A detailed report on the planned invasion was given to the head of IDF Intelligence, who did not pass it on to his superiors.

  Nov 25, 2023, 11:00 PM (GMT+2)

New details have emerged about the failures of the security forces to prevent the Oct. 7th massacre.
Channel 12 News reports that the attack was originally planned for last Passover Eve, but the IDF detected signs of the attack and raised its alert level to the point that Hamas cancelled the attack.

Hamas was concerned that the IDF had succeeded in infiltrating the command structure and ranks of their organization and worried about the plan leaking out.

Two days ago, it was reported that a senior officer of the IDF’s SIGINT unit 8200 had warned that Hamas was planning a large-scale invasion of Israel. The officer discovered Hamas’s operational plan, which was eventually the one used, and shared the information with senior officials in 8200 and the Southern Command.

The officer warned her direct superior, who cancelled her vacation to warn the head of the Intelligence Directorate, Aharon Haliva, when he visited the unit’s base. Haliva disregarded the report and did not pass the information to the head of the ISA or the Chief of Staff.

According to journalist Nir Dvori, an additional junior officer in Unit 8200 also strongly cautioned that Hamas was training for an attack, and that the attack was indeed planned and not simply a training exercise. The two specified planned points of entry through Israel’s border wall, the different communications being sent, and the conclusion that a massive attack was planned. They presented the findings to a senior officer from outside their unit, who dismissed it as “fantasy.”

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  1. Clarification requested here ; On Passover’s eve IDF detected signs of a coming Hamas attack and raised its alert level ; how come IDF decided alone ( ? ) to raise its alert level , with or without Gl.Haliwa advice ? What was the nature of detected signs that prompted IDF to raise its alert on Passover ?

  2. The head of the IDF Operations Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, was named the next commander of Military Intelligence on Thursday as part of a series of fresh promotions and appointments in the IDF General Staff, the military said.

    Haliva will replace Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, who has led the outfit since 2018.

    This nomination was one of six announced on Thursday, based on recommendations by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi that were approved by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the military said.

  3. @EvRe
    I looked the same thing up and read that he was appointed in Feb 2021 when Bibi was still PM.

    He was of a leftist mindset which has been the prevailing mindset or conception if you will. Time for a new conception.

  4. Is Haliva still in his position or did he resign?

    He was appointed in October 2021 when Naftali Bennet was PM. I don’t know how military appointments at the highest level of command are made in Israel. In the US they need to be confirmed by the US Senate.

    “They presented the findings to a senior officer from outside their unit, who dismissed it as “fantasy.”

    This senior officer from outside Unit 8200 will need to be identified eventually.

    We knew something like this must have happened. It was only a matter of time until we knew the names of those made the incorrect judgment calls. What is strange to me is that these two individuals (Haliva and the outside senior officer) did not discuss this with higher ups before dismissing the intelligence.

  5. Of course it was. 8200 command would not hold back warnings, two, of that level. An Independent Executive Commission must be elected by the people to ferret out every detail.
    Who else knew???
    Meanwhile Netanyahu. Hanegbi, Gallant, HaLevi, South Command, Lapid, Gantz, shin bet etc must be immediately investigated. No wavers.

  6. On October 5, 2021, he was appointed head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.[11][12]

    “…On March 28 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Major General (Aluf), and on July 13, he assumed his position as head of the Technological and Logistics Directorate.On November 2017, he forbade the holding of Torah lessons that took place outside Camp Ariel Sharon, a move that drew protest from hundreds of soldiers who turned to the Chief of Staff, Gadi Eisenkot.[7][8]”…

    “…On October 5, 2021, he was appointed head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.[11][ In his new position, he claimed that the Abraham Accords stem from the need of the population of the countries in the Middle East to improve their standard of living and deal with the climate crisis. Accordingly, he suggested that Israel focus on raising the standard of living of populations in neighboring countries such as Lebanon in order to bring stability to the region and claimed that a Lebanese gas rig is in Israel’s interest.[13] Haliva also estimated that Israel has a security interest in stabilizing the Palestinian Authority in order to reduce terrorism and estimated that Operation Guardian of the walls would bring long-term peace in light of the economic stabilization processes he identified in the Gaza Strip.[14] Along with raising the standard of living of Israel’s neighbors, he suggested focusing on precise, surgical damage to the enemies that need to be damaged, while avoiding damage to those not involved.[13]

    The night before the surprise attack on Israel by Hamas, which began on the morning of October 7, 2023, Haliva was updated with information about unusual activity by Hamas, but he estimated that it was an exercise and recommended waiting for the morning before taking action. About 1,400 Israeli soldiers and civilians were killed in the attack.[15][16][17]

    On October 17, 2023, he issued a letter to his soldiers in which he wrote about the failure to warn of a surprise attack on Israel: “We failed in our most important mission, and as head of the IDF Intelligence Directorate I bear full responsibility for the failure.”[18]

    “claimed that the Abraham Accords stem from the need of the population of the countries in the Middle East to improve their standard of living and deal with the climate crisis.”

    “claimed that a Lebanese gas rig is in Israel’s interest.’ [nothing to do with Iran or terrorism, of course. Jews were raped, kidnapped and murdered because of poverty and the weather.]

    “I bear full responsibility for the failure.”[18]”

    No shit, Sherlock. His leftist politics have impaired his military judgement.