In a analytic piece in the Washington Post we get to see a Very Different look at the Hamas/Israeli conflict.
Intelligence and detective work by ‘ more than a dozen current and former intelligence and security officials from four Western and Middle Eastern countries, reveals an intention by Hamas planners to strike a blow of historic proportions, in the the expectation that the group’s actions would compel an overwhelming Israeli response.’…..
The report in the piece details Hamas meticulously planning an operation that went unnoticed by the famed Israeli intelligence people and , as expected ?
Produced an overwhelming Israeli retaliation against the atrociously violent and deadly attacks AS EXPECTED and WANTED…..
The report says….
Hamas PLANNED to have what is going on….
They wanted things to be even worse……
Sacrificing those in Gaza , hoping that Israel would expand their action’s to Lebanon and even the West Bank….
The bombing of area’s around hospitals and the levelling of building’s with accompanying suffering and deaths ARE what Hamas & Co. PLANNED for…..
And the Israel Prime Minister seems to be following the Hamas script….
The report, if true?
IT Is brutal….
And a no holds bar attempt to strike deeply at Israel and attempt to turn the Jewish state’s military strength and politics against it internally and internationally HAS begun……
Hamas IS trying to game the Israeli Prime Minster and he’s doing what they thought he would do…..
The evidence, described by more than a dozen current and former intelligence and security officials from four Western and Middle Eastern countries, reveals an intention by Hamas planners to strike a blow of historic proportions, in theexpectation that the group’s actions would compel an overwhelming Israeli response. Several officials who had not previously spoken about the matter said the intelligence about Hamas’s motivations has become stronger in recent days.
The findings also shed new light on the tactics and methods used by Hamas to deceive Israel’s vaunted intelligence establishment and thwart initial efforts by the Israel Defense Forces to stop the attack. After breaching the Israeli border in some 30 places, Hamas militants staged a mass slaughter of soldiers and civilians in at least 22 Israeli villages, towns and military outposts and then drew Israeli defenders into gun battles that continued for more than a day.
New evidence suggests that they were prepared to go even further. Some militants carried enough food, ammunition and equipment to last several days, officials said, and bore instructions to continue deeper into Israel if the first wave of attacks succeeded, potentially striking larger Israeli cities.
The assault teams managed to penetrate as far as Ofakim, an Israeli town about 15 miles from the Gaza Strip and about half the distance between the enclave and the West Bank. One unit carried reconnaissance information and maps suggesting an intention to continue the assault up to the border of the West Bank, according to two senior Middle Eastern intelligence officials and one former U.S. official with detailed knowledge of the evidence. Hamas had been increasing its outreach to West Bank militants in recent months, although the group says it did not notify its West Bank allies of its Oct. 7 plans in advance.
“If that had occurred, it would have been a huge propaganda win — a symbolic blow not only against Israel, but also against the Palestinian Authority,” the government that exercises partial control in the West Bank, said the former U.S. official who was briefed on evidence collected since the Oct. 7 attack. The formerofficial, like several others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss preliminary intelligence findings.
As it happened, even Hamas was surprised by the sweeping nature of its incursion on Oct. 7, according to the group’s public statements as well as assessments shared privately with journalists. But Hamas leaders expected that their assault would yield more than just hostages, current and former intelligence officials said….
“Will we have to pay a price? Yes, and we are ready to pay it,” Ghazi Hamad, a member of the Hamas politburo, told Beirut’s LCBI television in an interview aired on Oct. 24. “We are called a nation of martyrs, and we are proud to sacrifice martyrs.”
Hamas was willing to accept such sacrifices as the price for kick-starting a new wave of violent Palestinian resistance in the region and scuttling efforts at normalizing relations between Israel and Arab states, according to current and former intelligence officials and counterterrorism experts.
“They were very clear-eyed as to what would happen to Gaza on the day after,” said a senior Israeli military official with access to sensitive intelligence, including interrogations with Hamas fighters and intercepted communications. “They wanted to buy their place in history — a place in the history of jihad — at the expense of the lives of many people in Gaza.”….
Even if its current leadership is effectively destroyed, she said, Hamas and its followers will continue to regard Oct. 7 as avictory. That’s partly because the group unquestionably succeeded in focusing the world’s attention on the Palestinian conflict, she said.
“It’s the first time I can remember that Hamas has become so prominent on a global scale,” Katz said. “So many people have already forgotten Oct. 7 because Hamas immediately changed the discussion. It put the focus on Israel, not themselves. And that’s exactly what they wanted.”
Even with Hamas gone?
Does anyone think those left behind by Israel won’t be somehow radicalized with the conflict and violence since Oct. 7 Gaza attacks begain and have continued?