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Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Oct.7 Failure: The First Resignation Of A Senior Officer

The chief of Israeli Military Intelligence resigned from his position on Monday over the failure of the establishment to take quick steps to prevent the Oct 7 attack by Hamas. This is the first resignation of a senior Israeli official since the fateful incident and might possibly pave the wave for many more.

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, serving the Israeli military for more than 38 years, has called it quits this Monday. The reason for resignation is mentioned as “failure to anticipate and prevent the Hamas attack on Oct.7.”

“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,” wrote Haliva in his resignation letter.

He promised to keep working until a suitable replacement is found. Many military experts are calling this move “irresponsible” as Israel is in the middle of a war with Hamas, Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah, as well as Iran. Losing top intelligence officers could be perceived as Israel’s weakness.

On Oct 7, Hamas soldiers rampaged Israel’s borders and killed as many as 1130 civilians, taking 240 people as hostages. Since then, Israel also has declared war on Hamas and has killed at least 32,000 Palestinians.

The failure to anticipate an assault of such magnitude has been considered the worst intelligence failure in the history of Israel, leaving intelligence officers under the scrutiny of both the Government and civilians.

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