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Israel’s Smotrich slams outgoing military intelligence chief over 7 October attack

April 24, 2024 at 1:59 pm

Bezalel Smotrich, Israels finance minister, speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem, Israel on 11 January 2023 [Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Israel’s far-right Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, on Wednesday attacked outgoing Military Intelligence chief, Aharon Haliva, over his failure to predict the 7 October Hamas attack, Anadolu Agency reports.

Haliva announced his resignation on Monday over the failures surrounding the Hamas attack, which Israel said killed nearly 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

In a statement on his X account, Smotrich considered Haliva’s resignation as “an opportunity for real change to correct the structure” of the Israeli army’s command.

The far-right Minister said the outgoing military intelligence chief used “a sea of lofty words, but took zero responsibility”.

“No admission of mistakes, acknowledging of the failure and the reasons for it,” he added.

Smotrich also opened fire on Army Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevi.

He “cannot appoint Haliva’s successor” as “he is part of the failure and the responsibility for it”, he added.

Israel has waged a sweeping offensive on the Gaza Strip since the 7 October Hamas attack, killing more than 34,20 Palestinians and injuring 77,200 others amid mass destruction and severe shortages of necessities.

The Israeli war has pushed 85 per cent of Gaza’s population into internal displacement as acute shortages of food plunge Gaza into famine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which, in January, issued an interim ruling that ordered it to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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