Israel’s Head of Military Intelligence Quits over October 7 Failures

The head of Israel’s military intelligence service Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva has resigned from his position in response to the terror attacks on the Jewish state last year.

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva wrote a remorseful letter to announce his resignation.

In the letter, Haliva took responsibility for not stopping the deadliest attack in Israel’s history on October 7.

The unexpected assault, by Hamas terrorists, killed over 1,200 Israelis and resulted in over 250 being taken captive.

Over 100 Israeli hostages are still being held hostage in Gaza months later as a brutal war grinds on between Israel and Hamas.

Haliva is the first person in Israel’s military and intelligence to step down over October 7.

He took responsibility within days of the attack for failing to stop it.

However, he waited to resign because of the war.

Haliva will officially step aside when a replacement is named.

In his resignation letter, written in Hebrew, Haliva wrote:

“The Intelligence Directorate under my command did not fulfill its task.

“I have carried that black day with me ever since, every day, every night.

“I will forever bear the terrible pain of the war.”

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Haliva called for a commission to investigate the background events that allowed Hamas militants to breach Israel’s borders in a surprise assault.

“Everything I did during my service in the IDF was for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel,” he added.

Israel’s opposition leader Yair Lapid applauded Haliva’s move.

Lapid has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to follow.

“It would be appropriate for Prime Minister Netanyahu to do the same,” he wrote in a post on X.

In addition to facing criticism over October 7, Netanyahu has faced backlash over the devastation in Gaza amid the continuing war with Hamas.

The fervent nationalist has resisted pressure from U.S. leaders like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and some Israeli citizens to call new elections.

Netanyahu noted that 133 Israelis are still being held hostage as Jews around the world celebrate Passover, which commemorates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

“As we gather around the Seder table to commemorate and celebrate our journey from slavery to freedom, our hearts are heavy with the plight of the 133 Israelis who remain in captivity,” Netanyahu wrote on X.

“Our resolve remains unyielding to see all hostages back with their families.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate took a step toward passing billions in military aid for Israel.

President Biden has already pledged to sign it, despite his criticism of Israel’s current government.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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