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Israeli officials dismissed the possibility of a deadly attack by the Hamas terror organization as beyond the organization’s capabilities a year prior to the October 7 incursion into Israel that left 1,200 Israelis dead and hundreds more kidnapped to be used as hostages, The New York Times reported last month.
In the November 30 article, which has since been updated, the Times said that a translated document reviewed by the outlet described a plan that Hamas followed closely in its barbaric attack into Israel.
“Hamas followed the blueprint with shocking precision,” according to the Times.
“The document called for a barrage of rockets at the outset of the attack, drones to knock out the security cameras and automated machine guns along the border, and gunmen to pour into Israel en masse in paragliders, on motorcycles and on foot — all of which happened on Oct. 7.”
The document, code-named “Jericho Wall” by the Israelis, included 40 pages of a “methodical assault,” as well as information about potential targets of interest and Israeli military dispostions.
The detailed nature of the information engendered questions about how Hamas had obtained such accurate intelligence and raised the possibility of intelligence leaks within Israeli forces.
The outline began with a quote from the Quran, according to the Times: “Surprise them through the gate. If you do, you will certainly prevail.”
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