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The Oct. 7 Debacle: A First Deep Dive Into Israel's Intelligence Failures

The blind spots began appearing in the first hours and days after more than 1,200 civilians were slaughtered by Hamas terrorists, who breached the border from Gaza. A former Israeli military intelligence operative guides us through the mistakes that allowed it to happen.


Israel has been plunged into a conflict of unprecedented scale and intensity, mourning more than 1,200 civilian deaths and trying to save 150 or more hostages held in Gaza. At the conclusion of the ongoing conflict, which remains highly uncertain how it may unfold, Israel will need to conduct a thorough analysis to understand what went wrong in the national defense and intelligence sectors to allow the deadly attack to happen — and develop strategies for preventing anything similar in the future.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had a long-established defensive perimeter around Gaza, equipped with various means and technologies designed to prevent terrorist attacks or, at the very least, to provide early warning and primary protection prior to the arrival of air forces or mechanized infantry.

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This defense system includes both upper and lower fences, a touch-sensitive indicative upper fence, observation posts, fire-control positions, infantry bases housing tanks, armored personnel carriers, and infantry units. Additionally, self-defense units operate in populated areas, acting as the final line of defense between the civilian population and potential terrorist threats.

Despite these robust security measures, in the early hours of Saturday, October 7, hundreds of Hamas terrorists managed to breach the fence at multiple points, infiltrating IDF outposts with relative ease. They killed or captured all personnel present at these outposts.

Concurrently, another group of attackers dispersed and infiltrated dozens of communities. These individuals were well-trained, proficient in countermeasures, and clearly driven by the singular intent of capturing or killing Jewish residents.

The IDF was unprepared for such a concentrated and widespread incursion of hundreds of terrorists who simultaneously breached the perimeter at multiple locations. Some settlements were located mere hundreds of meters from the border, while others were several kilometers away.

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How Netanyahu Has Made "Apartheid" Label Acceptable Inside Israel

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo joins a handful of former military and political leaders who have decided to break the taboo on using this infamous word, as a result of the political radicalization of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.


It wasn’t long ago that anyone who used the word “apartheid” to describe the situation in the Palestinian territories risked being accused of antisemitism. This week, the former chief of Mossad, the Israeli secret service, used it — joining a short list of state officials who have taken the leap to make the public accusation.

The taboo has gradually eroded in Israel as a result of the excesses of the extreme right, a key part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current parliamentary coalition. This is a reflection of the intense political battle unfolding in a polarized Israel. Previously, the situation in the Palestinian territories had been largely absent from the debate. This is no longer the case.

Tamir Pardo, who headed Mossad from 2011 to 2016, described the treatment of Palestinians as comparable to apartheid, the system of institutionalized racism that ruled in South Africa until 1994. “A territory in which two people are governed by two separate judicial systems — that is a state of apartheid,” he said.

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Israel's Mysterious "Prisoner X" Revealed

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