Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Resigns Following Failure in Hamas Attack

While Haliva and others have accepted blame for failing to stop the attack, others have stopped short, most notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said he will answer tough questions about his role but has not outright acknowledged any responsibility for allowing the attack to unfold.

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The head of Israel’s military intelligence directorate resigned on Monday due to the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented October 7 attack, the military announced. This marks the first time a senior figure has stepped down over his role in the deadliest assault in Israel’s history.

In a statement, the military revealed that Haliva had asked to end his service “following his leadership responsibility.” Shortly after the attack, Haliva publicly acknowledged his responsibility for not preventing the assault as the head of the military department responsible for providing the government and the military with intelligence warnings and daily alerts.

The military chief of staff accepted Haliva’s request to resign and thanked him for his service.

Haliva, along with other military and security leaders, were widely expected to resign due to the glaring failures that led up to October 7 and those that made it such a devastating attack. However, the timing of the resignations is unclear, as Israel is still fighting Hamas in Gaza and battling the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in the north. Tensions with Iran are also at a high following attacks between the two enemies.

While Haliva and others have accepted blame for failing to stop the attack, others have stopped short, most notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said he will answer tough questions about his role but has not outright acknowledged any responsibility for allowing the attack to unfold.

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