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Hamas Official: Israel Attacks Had Been Planned for Years

During an interview on Russian TV, a senior Hamas official admitted that the devastating attacks carried out against Israel over the weekend had been planned out for at least two years.

According to Fox News, translations of the interview on Russia Today (RT) on October 8th featuring Hamas official Ali Baraka revealed that the attacks were planned under the guise of governing the Gaza Strip.

“In the past couple of years, Hamas has adopted a ‘rational’ approach,” said Baraka. “It did not go into any war and did not join the Islamic Jihad in its recent battle.”

“But all this was part of Hamas’s strategy in preparing for this attack,” the interviewer asked, to which Baraka said “of course. We made them think that Hamas was busy with governing Gaza, and that it wanted to focus on the 2.5 million Palestinians, and has abandoned the resistance altogether.”

The translation was done by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a nonprofit group which was co-founded by a former intelligence officer with the Israeli military, and an Israeli-American political scientist.

“All the while, under the table, Hamas was preparing for this big attack,” Baraka continued. “The rockets of the resistance cover all of Palestine. Where would [Netanyahu] take [the Israelis who were attacked]? To Tel Aviv? We bombed Tel Aviv on the very first day of the attack. Does he want to take them to the Galilee? The northern front – with Lebanon – has opened today. The Galilee is no longer safe for the Zionist enemy. We can bomb the Galilee from inside occupied Palestine.”

Baraka’s explanations may provide a reason as to why Israeli and Western intelligence appeared to completely miss any possible warning signs of the attack beforehand, in what has widely been described as a significant intelligence failure. In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a unity government and declared war on Hamas, retaliating with massive airstrikes against Gaza while preparing for an all-out ground invasion.

The initial attacks against Israel resulted in over 1,200 dead Israelis, as well as at least 25 Americans. The subsequent counter-attacks against Gaza have allegedly killed 1,400 Palestinians, hundreds of whom were members of Hamas. In addition to the casualties, Hamas terrorists have taken over 150 hostages.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: RISHON LEZION, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 12: Soldiers carry the coffin of Dor Yarhi, who was killed in a battle with Palestinian militants near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip during his funeral on October 12, 2023 in Rishon Lezion, Israel. Israel has sealed off Gaza and launched sustained retaliatory air strikes, which have killed at least 1,200 people with more than 300, 000 displaced, after a large-scale attack by Hamas. On October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza by land, sea, and air, killing over 1,200 people and wounding around 2800. Israeli soldiers and civilians have also been taken hostage by Hamas and moved into Gaza. The attack prompted a declaration of war by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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