Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Steps Down Following MAJOR October 7 Failure

By Jennifer Wentworth | Monday, 22 April 2024 04:30 PM
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In a significant development, Major General Aharon Haliva, the chief of Israel's military intelligence directorate, has tendered his resignation, as confirmed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday.

This move comes in the wake of the deadly Hamas attack on October 7, which has been marked as the most devastating terror attack in the annals of Israel's history.

In his resignation letter, Haliva expressed his remorse over the failure of his directorate to thwart the attack. As per the Associated Press translation, he wrote, "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's resignation marks the first high-level departure following the horrific invasion by Hamas terrorists nearly six and a half months ago. This onslaught resulted in the tragic loss of 1,200 lives, predominantly civilians, and the abduction of approximately 250 hostages who were taken back into Gaza.

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Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant approved Haliva's decision to step down. The IDF expressed gratitude for Haliva's 38 years of service, stating that the military chief of staff had accepted his resignation.

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This resignation could potentially trigger a domino effect, leading to further departures from Israel's top security echelons in the aftermath of the Hamas attack. This attack sparked off a war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which is set to cross its 200th day this week.

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Haliva had previously accepted responsibility for the failure to prevent the assault shortly after the war commenced. Reports suggest that other military and security leaders are likely to follow suit in response to the intelligence lapses that failed to anticipate the October 7 attack.

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However, the timing of these resignations remains uncertain as Israel continues to grapple with the war against Hamas and the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. The situation in the region is further complicated by the recent direct attacks exchanged with Iran, leading some military experts to label these resignations as ill-timed amidst the ongoing multi-front military conflicts, as reported by the Associated Press.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, is not expected to resign and has signaled his intention to remain in office, despite mounting protests.

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