The horrific Hamas massacre on October 7 that left more than 1,400 Israelis dead has been blamed on the head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service.
Ronen Bar stated that “despite a number of actions we took, regrettably on Saturday we were unable to create enough early warning to prevent the attack” in a statement issued to Shin Bet employees and their families over the weekend.
I am accountable for that because I am the one in charge of the organization, he continued. “There will be time for investigation; now is the time for war.”
The Associated Press acquired the letter on Monday. Israel’s efforts to find and keep track of Palestinian militants are coordinated by the Shin Bet.
According to the Israeli news outlet Ynet, Bar was called into the office on the morning of the strike due to suspicious activity seen in Gaza. Officials, however, were of the opinion that only a limited attack would occur, according to the report.