JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the past few years, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was presented on numerous occasions with operative plans to eliminate Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and the rest of the Hamas leadership, according to a Maariv report.Join our WhatsApp group
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On at least six occasions, the plans were presented to Netanyahu by heads of the Shin Bet who felt that the Hamas leader was a dangerous foe who could galvanize his terrorist army into massive incursions into Israel. On all these occasions Netanyahu refused to comply, continuing to view Hamas as a strategic partner rather than an implacable enemy.
Although the Maariv report is written by Ben Kaspit, one of Netanyahu’s most vociferous critics, it is supported by the testimony both of the Shin Bet heads as well as former defense minister Avigdor Liberman. Netanyahu himself denies the reports that such a plan was submitted.
Former Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen said that the organization had recommended an operation to eliminate all of the heads of Hamas in Gaza, and had suggested it to the political leadership. The Shin Bet saw Hamas as a murderous entity whose leadership must be foiled due to the dangerous nature of their agenda. Netanyahu rejected all of these suggestions, including those of Nadav Argaman and the current Shin Bet head Ronen Bar.
During the last year, the Hamas increased its commando battalion (Nukhba) by 100%, and Israel knew of this but apparently it didn’t raise alarm bells. Additionally, in a speech detailing the objectives of Hamas in 2023, Yahya Sinwar spoke openly of a “flood” of soldiers which would enter Israel. Hamas trained for the incursion in May, initiating a large-scale military exercise, which was duly noted by the 8200 intelligence unit and passed on to the higher echelons.
״אנחנו נשטוף אתכם במבול עם טילים. הלוחמים שלנו יגיעו כמו מבול״, אמר סינוואר. את מתקפת הטרור בשבעה באוקטובר בחמאס כינו ״מבול אל אקצה״. המטרות של חמאס לשנת 2023 נאמרו ע״י סינוואר בצורה מפורשת. אבל נתניהו ״לא ידע״. הנאום ששודר בטלוויזיה האיראנית: pic.twitter.com/A5tbpI0sQ2
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One member of the unit estimated that war could break out around Yom Kippur, based on her readings of the Hamas internal messages, but she was ridiculed by her superiors and labelled a “fantasizer”.
Kaspit concludes that the parallels to the Yom Kippur war debacle are “chilling” and all those responsible have already taken responsibility for their failures but should not be criticized during the war until they have completed the goal of toppling Hamas.
Netanyahu, even though he has yet to take responsibility, was obviously wrong in seeing Hamas as an asset rather than a foe. The prime minister continues to play a double game and has allegedly even given his word to Qatar that he will not eliminate the heads of the terrorist organization residing in Qatar, despite his claim last week that the Mossad will attack Hamas leaders ‘Wherever they are.’