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Israeli military had Hamas battle plan last year, but dismissed it as too ambitious: report

At the time, military leaders reportedly believed the plans were too ambitious for Hamas to actually follow through.

Published: November 30, 2023 10:37pm

The Israeli military was privy to a document detailing the plans of terrorist group Hamas to attack the country more than a year prior to the Oct. 7 attack, but viewed the plans as overly ambitious, according to a report from the New York Times.

Hamas forces on Oct. 7 stormed Israeli border towns, seize more than 200 hostages, and killed roughly 1,200 civilians. The assault triggered the ongoing conflict that has seen the Israel Defense Forces move into the Gaza Strip in a bid to remove Hamas from power.

Code-named "Jericho Wall," the 40-page document reportedly did not include a date for the planned attack, but outlined in detail the methodology for such an operation and the October raid saw the terrorist group closely follow those strategies. At the time, military leaders reportedly believed the plans were too ambitious for Hamas to actually follow through.

The document specifically highlighted the potential use of paraglider troops and plans to disable border security cameras. The raid itself saw Hamas troops descend into Israel via paragliders and assault an ongoing music festival. The footage was among the most visually distinct of the assault.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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