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'Jericho Wall': Israel may have underestimated Hamas attack plan - NYT

'Jericho Wall': Israel may have underestimated Hamas attack plan - NYT Israel may have underestimated Hamas attack plan (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Israeli officials received the Hamas attack plan for October 7 more than a year before it was executed. However, the Israeli military and intelligence dismissed it, deeming it too complex for terrorists, according to The New York Times.

The 40-page document, referred to as the "Jericho Wall" by Israeli authorities, outlines step by step the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. While the attack date is not specified, the document describes a systematic assault aimed at destroying fortifications around the Gaza Strip, capturing Israeli cities, and storming key military bases, including division headquarters.

The plan also included details about the location and strength of Israeli military forces, communication nodes, and other confidential information, raising questions about how Hamas gathered its intelligence and whether there were leaks within the Israeli security service.

It is known that the document circulated among Israeli military and intelligence leaders, but experts concluded that an attack of such scale was beyond the capabilities of Hamas terrorists.

War in Israel

In early October, Hamas militants launched a large-scale invasion of Israel, killing and kidnapping both military and civilian residents. In response, Israel initiated an operation against the terrorists.

IDF fighters reached the Hamas command center at Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip and destroyed hundreds of underground tunnels in Gaza. Israeli forces also detonated the parliament building in Gaza, used by Hamas militants.

Last week, Israel signed an agreement with Hamas for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages. The first group of militants was released on November 24 and transported to Israeli hospitals.

However, today the Israeli army announced the resumption of military operations in the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants.