Israel and US knew Hamas was planning attack

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In the wake of blockbuster new reporting that Israel was aware Hamas was planning a major terror attack more than a year in advance, American officials are continuing to assess that information while Israel plans to conduct its own investigation after fighting ends with Hamas, officials said Sunday.

“All of these questions, we’re going to have to get to the bottom of it after the war,” Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Dermer maintained that he had been unaware of the intelligence about Hamas’ plans until it was published in The New York Times late last week.

The Times cited a 40-page document, which Israel reportedly obtained, predicting many of the steps taken by Hamas in the Oct. 7 terror attack that sparked the current war.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, in a separate “This Week” appearance on Sunday, was pressed by Stephanopoulos on whether the U.S. had any warning of the attack or should have.

“Our intelligence community is taking a look into that,” Kirby said. But he added, “They have no indications that we, the United States intelligence community, had any knowledge of that [Hamas planning] document beforehand or any visibility into it.”

Kirby also noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there were intelligence failures.


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