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The head of Israel’s military intelligence resigns after failing to prevent Hamas attack

The Israeli military has said its intelligence chief has resigned over the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented attack on October 7.

Aharon Haliva has become the first senior Israeli figure to resign after Hamas breached the country’s defenses, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and capturing about 250, sparking a war against Hamas in Gaza.

Haliva said shortly after the attack in October that he took the blame for failing to prevent the attack.

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Aharon Haliwa, the head of Israel’s military intelligence, becomes the first senior Israeli figure to resign over the failures surrounding the Hamas attack (AP).

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that its military chief of staff accepted Mr. Haliva’s request to resign and thanked him for his services.

His resignation could pave the way for more top Israeli security officials to take the blame for failing to prevent the attack and resign.