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Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva

Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Resigns Over His Role in Failing to Prevent October 7 Attack

Israel’s intelligence chief stepped down Monday, April 22, after saying he’d shoulder the blame for failing to prevent Hamas’ vicious October attacks that left nearly 1,200 citizens dead.

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva — who leads the department tasked with giving the government and military intelligence warnings and daily alerts — is the first senior official to resign after the Oct. 7 attacks, but others may soon follow him out the door.

“The intelligence directorate under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with,” Haliva wrote in his resignation letter. “I carry that black day with me ever since, day after day, night after night. I will carry the horrible pain of the war with me forever.”

In a statement, the military said its chief of staff had accepted Haliva’s decision and thanked him for nearly four decades of service. The timing of additional resignations remains unclear.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will answer the tough questions about his role but hasn’t acknowledged a role in the intelligence failure. He is not expected to step down. (NYP / VFI News)

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