Why Hamas succeeded in attacking Israel despite the work of the intelligence services and the military
On the morning of October 7, the Hamas terrorist organization managed to take Israel by surprise through a carefully prepared military operation. The Palestinian terrorists were able to bypass Israel's vigilant security services and quickly invade several communities.
The militants probably received Iranian support in preparing for the attack on Israel. This opinion was expressed by military and political observer Oleksandr Kovalenko in a commentary to OBOZREVATEL.
According to him, the terrorist attack on Israel raises many questions, as the Israeli special services - one of the most professional in the world - failed to counter the enemy.
Despite their extensive experience in countering Palestinian terrorism, in particular the Hamas group, Israel's intelligence services failed to detect the preparation of the attack in time and prevent its implementation.
"Judging by the events that we can now observe in southern Israel, no one was warned in any way probably because they were not considered threatening. In other words, they were organized so carefully that they even managed to bypass the attentive Israeli special services. This all suggests that the organization was done not just by some terrorists in a garage preparing hundreds of rockets to fire at Israel or by some groups of suicide bombers trying to break into Israel, but it was a high-level preparation," Kovalenko said.
In addition, he noted that the terrorists used highly mobile vehicles for the surprise attack, including SUVs, motorcycles, and even paragliders. Kovalenko emphasized that there is a certain trace of Iranian military and instructors in the planning of this terrorist attack. In addition, he noted that Israel will not tolerate such attacks at all, so the response to the terrorists will be quite harsh.
"As you know, Hamas, Iran and Russia are creating a kind of triangle of interaction in the Middle East, political and other. What will be the consequences? The consequences will be quite severe. Israel will not ignore such a slap in the face as it is indeed a slap in the face. This will not go unanswered, and the terror that terrorists have unleashed in Israeli cities, killing civilians, literally shooting them in their homes and on the streets, will not go unanswered, and the operation will be quite tough, in my opinion," the expert said.
Kovalenko predicts that Hamas will bear full responsibility for the victims, which will be not only in Israel but also in Palestine itself. The expert emphasized that the Israeli state in its methods does not listen to the voice of tolerance and pacifism from Western countries, but acts as harshly as possible so that terrorists do not have a desire to repeat such attacks.
On the morning of October 7, thousands of rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. Residents of southern and central cities were ordered to stay near shelters and take care of their own safety. In turn, the Israeli army began to carry out air strikes on Palestine.
It was reported that the commander of the Hamas terrorist movement, Mohammad Deif, called the shelling and infiltration into Israel "the day of the great revolution." He called on Israeli Arabs to take up arms and join the militants.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, in July 2023, Israel conducted a large-scale military operation. It was the largest strike on the Palestinian city of Jenin since 2002. The Israeli army used missiles, as well as helicopters and drones. The operation involved about 150 armored vehicles, about a thousand soldiers of the Elite Special Forces and the army, intelligence, police and border guard.