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The attack carried out by Hamas commandos on October 7 left around 1,200 dead in Israel. (Archive photo)

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Israeli officials had obtained more a year in advance of Hamas's plan to carry out an unprecedented attack against Israel, but had deemed this scenario unrealistic, the New York Times < said Thursday /em>based on secret documents.

Israeli military intelligence had got its hands on a document of around forty pages from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas detailing, point by point, a vast attack like the one which was perpetrated by commandos on October 7 and which caused around 1,200 dead in Israel, according to the major American daily.

This document, which circulated in intelligence circles under the code name Jericho Wall, did not give a date for a possible attack, but defined precise points to saturate the Israeli security system and then attack cities. and military bases.

More specifically, the document reports a barrage of rockets, drones destroying security cameras and automated defense systems, then fighters crossing to the Israeli side by paraglider, by car and on foot, elements at the heart of the attack of October 7.

But it was not possible to determine whether this plan had been completely approved by the leadership of the Hamas and how it could translate into reality, underlines an internal Israeli army document obtained by theNew York Times.

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However, in July, an analyst from the elite intelligence unit 8200 warned that a military exercise that Hamas had just conducted resembled in several respects the plan of the attack planned in the Jericho Wall document. But a colonel in the military division responsible for Gaza dismissed this scenario as completely imaginary.

I categorically refute the idea that this scenario is imaginary […] it is a plan for a war not simply for an attack on a village, writes this analyst in encrypted emails consulted by the newspaper.

We already had a similar experience 50 years ago on the Southern Front about a scenario that seemed imaginary. History could repeat itself if we are not careful, the analyst wrote almost prophetically to his colleagues, referring to the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

According to the New York Times, if the Jericho Wall document circulated within the Israeli military hierarchy, it is unknown whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his office consulted him.

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