Israeli authorities knew about Hamas’s attack plans for at least a year but decided to scrap them because they considered them too complicated to carry out, the paper published Thursday said. The New York Times.
Citing “documents, emails and interviews” to which they had access, the media assure that the plan described with great precision a surprise attack like the one carried out by the Islamist group on October 7, which killed 1,200 people in Israel came kidnapped by people.
Specifically, it is the 40-page plan with the code name “Jericho Wallthought about it Using drones to shoot down surveillance cameras along the border with the Gaza Stripor the massive incursion by militants on foot, motorcycles and paragliders, although no date has been set for the operation.
Military officials in the region did not believe an attack of this magnitude was possible and doubted whether the plan would have been accepted by the Palestinian group. It is unclear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or other political leaders had access to the documents, the newspaper explains.
The Hamas attack was the bloodiest episode in Israel’s history prompted Netanyahu to declare war on the group and launch an offensive in Gaza that has already killed more than 15,000 people.
This Thursday was the seventh day of the ceasefire, negotiated by Qatar, Egypt and the United States, through an agreement providing for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and the provision of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The temporary ceasefire was extended for another 24 hours shortly before it expired on Thursday morning, and it is unclear whether it will continue this Friday.
An extension of the ceasefire would include the additional release of 10 hostages per day in exchange for the release of 30 Palestinian prisoners. While, Qatar continues to work with its regional and international partners towards a lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
So far, 105 prisoners have been released in Gaza, including 81 Israelis and 24 foreigners; while Israel released 240 Palestinian prisoners, all women and minors.