JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a shocking revelation which aroused speculation about what was known about Hamas plans prior to October 7th, Elkana Federman, the chief security officer at the Nova music festival in Re’im, told Channel 14 News about a warning he had received from a fellow guard who was a soldier in the Gaza Division. The soldier called him up prior to the festival and told him that “something is going to happen on Sukkot.”Join our WhatsApp group
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“I had a guard at the festival who had served in the Re’im Division, and a week before the festival he sent me a voice message saying ‘Elkana, something is going to happen over Sukkot. I just wanted to let you know, there are a lot of warnings. The situation around Gaza isn’t the brightest, so I wanted to warn you. Something could happen, it could also be that nothing will.’ He liked to speak with me in codes.”
טוב, מאחר שזה כבר בחוץ, זו ההקלטה שדיברנו עליה אתמול בפטריוטים.
שבוע לפני המסיבה שלח חייל מרעים לאלקנה פדרמן קב”ט המסיבה את ההקלטה הזאת. תשפטו בעצמכם.
אלקנה כמובן העביר את זה למי שצריך, אמרו לו שהכל בסדר. pic.twitter.com/LGJhdVJ6mS
— Yotam zimri (@YotYotam) February 6, 2024
Recording received by Federman before Sukkot
Federman relates how he responded: “I passed the recording on [to the IDF], and they told me everything was all right, that the army would be able to handle whatever needed to be addressed and that there were always alerts and that everything was fine. I did my part – I’m just a security guard, there was nothing in my purview that I could have changed.”
After the Nova massacre, in which Federman was injured, he called the guard who had warned him from his hospital bed. “I told him ‘I wanted to talk to you about that recording you sent me a week before the festival, you were speaking in codes. Tell me exactly what they said to you.’
“He told me ‘Elkana, they told me there was going to be an invasion, and that they were planning to take over towns. I just wasn’t allowed to tell you that.’”
Federman, who was wounded but succeeded in eliminating 15 terrorists at the Nova festival and saving many lives, has now fully recovered and even volunteered for reserve duty.
Federman’s bombshell disclosure reveals that at least at some level, intelligence information pointed at the possibility of an organized infiltration from Gaza. This corresponds to a similar report after Oct. 7th on Israel’s Channel 12, in which it was revealed that heads of communities in the Gazan border region had received Whatsapp messages in which they were warned that “the coming festivals will be bleak festivals”, that communities would be overrun. When these community leaders asked the IDF whether to cancel events and festivals, they were told that “Everything’s OK, things are calm, the money is going into Gaza and the workers are entering Israel.”