A New York Times report claims that Israeli military and intelligence officials received a detailed document about Hamas’ plans to attack Israel.
According to the report, officials obtained a detailed 40-page report code-named “Jericho Wall,” which precisely described the attack methods the terrorist group employed on October 7.
“Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan for the October 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show,” the Times reads.
Allegedly received more than a year before the devastating invasion that resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people, Israeli authorities dismissed the document as too ambitious a plan for the terrorist group.
The plan “detailed point by point” the invasion that occurred on October 7.
Breaking News: Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan more than a year before the Oct. 7 attack but dismissed it as aspirational, documents show. https://t.co/0RjlopF1XD
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 1, 2023
The report proposed an initial bombardment of rockets, the use of drones to destroy security cameras, machine guns along the border and armed men who would invade Israel en masse on paragliders, motorcycles and on foot. A detailed plan that Hamas executed with great precision.
“The plan also included details about the location and size of Israeli military forces, communication hubs and other sensitive information,” the newspaper reads.
“The document circulated widely among Israeli military and intelligence leaders, but experts determined that an attack of that scale and ambition was beyond Hamas’s capabilities, according to documents and officials. It is unclear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or other top political leaders saw the document, as well.”
The revelation could raise questions about how such a detailed plan could be underestimated. However, it is not the first time that it has been said that Israel had prior knowledge of a threat and later refuted.
Just days after the attack, reports emerged that an Egyptian intelligence official claimed that his country repeatedly informed Israel about the Palestinian terrorist group’s plans. But this information was denied by another senior Egyptian official.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office also denied receiving any messages from Egypt directly or indirectly.