Israeli military intelligence chief resigns over failure to prevent Oct. 7 events

AP , Monday 22 Apr 2024

The Israeli military said Monday the head of its intelligence corps has resigned over the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 operation, which broke through Israel’s vaunted defenses.

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FILE - Israeli soldier walks by a pickup truck used by Palestinian fighters in Sderot, Israel, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. AP

 

Aharon Haliva, the head of Israel’s military intelligence, becomes the first senior Israeli figure to step down Hamas’ operation.

Haliva said shortly after the events in October that he shouldered the blame for not preventing the assault.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the military chief of staff accepted Haliva’s request to resign and thanked him for his service.

His resignation could set the stage for more of Israel’s top security brass to accept blame for not preventing the attack and step down.

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