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The Oct. 7 Warning That Israel Ignored

Dec 4, 2023
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Ronen Bergman, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, discusses the missed warnings by Israeli security services leading up to a terrorist attack by Hamas. The podcast explores the intelligence failures, disagreements over the threat, and underestimations of Hamas' capabilities. It also highlights Israel's goal of destroying Hamas and the potential for a ground invasion in Gaza.
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  • Israeli intelligence failed to comprehend the extent of Hamas' intentions and mindset.
  • Israel also underestimated Hamas' military capabilities and relied too heavily on technological defenses, leading to complacency and a lack of preparedness.

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Misunderstanding Hamas Intent

Israeli intelligence failed to comprehend the extent of Hamas' intentions and mindset. They mistakenly believed that Hamas was leaning towards governance and away from war, underestimating the threat they posed.

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