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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

Israeli Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Oct. 7 Attack

The head of Israel’s military intelligence directorate has resigned over the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the military said, becoming the first senior figure to step down over his role in the deadliest assault in Israel’s history, Tia Goldenberg reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Shortly after the war, Haliva had publicly said that he shouldered the blame for not preventing the assault as the head of the military department responsible for providing the government and the military with intelligence warnings and daily alerts. I Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit / CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons



Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva’s resignation could set the stage for more fallout from Israel’s top security brass over Hamas’ attack, when militants blasted through Israel’s border defenses, rampaged through Israeli communities unchallenged for hours and killed 1,200 people, most civilians, while taking roughly 250 hostages into Gaza.



That attack set off the war against Hamas in Gaza, now in its seventh month.


“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,” Haliva wrote in his resignation letter, which was provided by the military.



Shortly after the war, Haliva had publicly said that he shouldered the blame for not preventing the assault as the head of the military department responsible for providing the government and the military with intelligence warnings and daily alerts.




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