Israel admits intelligence ‘mistakes’ in failing to predict Hamas attack

A senior Israeli official recently admitted “mistakes” in intelligence assessments ahead of a brutal Hamas attack last weekend that took the country by surprise.

“It’s my mistake, and it reflects the mistakes of all those making (intelligence) assessments,” National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi told a press briefing when asked about his recent remarks predicting no Hamas aggression.

“We really believed that Hamas learned the lesson from” its last major war with Israel in 2021, Hanegbi said.


To be noted an ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant groups led by Hamas began on 7 October 2023, with a coordinated surprise offensive on Israel.

The attack began with a barrage of at least 3,000 rockets launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip against Israel.