Charlotte Tyler
December 4, 2023
11:05 pm

Spokesman said U.S. intelligence agencies were unaware of Hamas's plans to attack on October 7

U.S. intelligence agencies have not revealed any knowledge of Hamas's plot to strike Israel prior to the incident on October 7, according to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

Kirby was questioned on Sunday over a story in the New York Times that stated Israeli authorities had plans that were leaked by Hamas over a year before to the assault in early October, which killed over 1,200 Israelis, as The Washington Examiner reported.

"No indications" exist, according to the spokeswoman, that the US intelligence community knew about or had access to this paper in advance.

“The intelligence community has indicated that they did not have access to this document. That there’s no indications at this time that they had any access to this document beforehand,” Kirby told NBC's Kristen Welker on Meet the Press.

The Israeli military could have prevented the strikes, according to Israeli officials who spoke with the Times, had they given greater attention to the roughly 40-page paper.

Israeli authorities reportedly ignored the warning because they believed Hamas lacked the competence to carry out the plans.

Despite Kirby's reluctance to state outright whether Israeli intelligence efforts failed in the Oct. 7 attack, he did indicate that Israel would find a "time and a place" to review the incident that led up to Hamas's fatal assault.

“Intelligence is a mosaic, and sometimes you fashion things together and get a pretty good picture, and other times there’s pieces of the puzzle that are missing,” Kirby said,

He added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already spoken "pretty candidly about this calling it a failure on their part."

Kirby was questioned about the most recent temporary cease-fire, which ended on Friday and saw Israel free about 240 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Hamas freeing over 100 hostages.

The spokesperson said he was unsure when talks for a cease-fire between Israel and the militant group would pick back up.

“So, unfortunately, the negotiations have stopped," Kirby said. "That said, what hasn’t stopped is our own involvement, trying to get those back on track and trying to discuss with those partners and all those interlocutors, see if we can’t get it back in place."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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