Mossad – The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים ha-Mosád le-Modiʿín u-le-Tafkidím Meyuḥadím), known as Mossad, is the national intelligence agency of Israel. It is one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security). Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counterterrorism.
Aman – The Israeli Military Intelligence (אגף המודיעין; Agaf HaModi’in; literally “the Intelligence Section”), abbreviated Aman (אמ״ן), is the central, overarching military intelligence body of the Israel Defense Forces. It is one of the main entities (and the largest component) of the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Mossad and Shin Bet.
Shin Bet – The Israel Security Agency (ISA; שֵׁירוּת הַבִּיטָּחוֹן הַכְּלָלִי, Sherut haBitaẖon haKlali, lit.erally ‘the General Security Service’; جهاز الأمن العام, jihāz al’amn al`ami), better known by the acronym Shabak (שב״כ; IPA: شاباك) or the Shin Bet (a two-letter Hebrew abbreviation of “Security Service”), is Israel’s internal security service. It is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli intelligence community, alongside Aman (military intelligence) and Mossad (foreign intelligence service).
October 7, 2023 – Former CIA director John Brennan, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Adm. James Stavridis, and former Deputy National Security advisor Ben Rhodes join Alex Witt to discuss the strategic and tactical sophistication of Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel and the implications for Israeli intelligence moving forward. The attack, Brennan says, “raises questions about Israeli intelligence capabilities… and whether their intelligence sources were compromised in some way.” Ben Rhodes and Adm. Stavridis also comment on the remarkable scale and sophistication of the attack. Given Israel’s population, Adm. Staviridis says, “this is going to approach a 9/11 feel to the Israelis.”
October 7, 2023 – Former NBC News Tel Aviv Bureau Chief Martin Fletcher reacts to the sudden, massive attacks on Israel by Hamas, saying it’s “beyond any expectation of what Israel thought was possible.” He also discusses the intelligence failures that caused the Israeli military and government to be caught unprepared.
October 7, 2023 – Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a large-scale surprise attack against Israel Saturday, firing thousands of rockets from Gaza and sending ground units to kill or abduct people as Israel retaliated with air strikes. For more on the situation, FRANCE 24’s Nick Rushworth is joined by Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
October 7, 2023 – Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched the biggest attack on Israel in years on Saturday, killing at least 70 people and claiming it had taken dozens of hostages in a surprise assault combining gunmen crossing into Israel and a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza. The offensive caught the country completely off guard. For more on Israel’s failure to anticipate the attack, FRANCE 24 is joined by Michael Kobi, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.
October 8, 2023 – Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel has prompted blame around Israeli intelligence services, who appear to have failed to stop a sophisticated assault that involved dozens of infiltrations into Israel and thousands of rocket attacks.
October 8, 2023 – ‘We should stop beating around the bush and trying to be all PC with this and describe Hamas exactly as they are! They are a bunch of terrorists.’ Former Senior Military Intelligence Officer, Philip Ingram MBE, reacts to the latest from the Hamas terror attacks in Israel.
October 8, 2023 – Australian Strategic Policy Institute Senior Analyst Malcolm Davis says the Israeli and US intelligence services should have picked up preparations and forewarned the attack by Hamas. Mr. Davis said the attack on Israel was a complex and sophisticated attack that would have taken time to prepare. “The Israeli intelligence services and the American intelligence services should have somehow picked up preparations for this,” Mr. Davis told Sky News Australia. “This was a complex and sophisticated attack that would have taken time to prepare and to plan for. “Yet no indication by the Israelis they had forewarning of this.”
October 9, 2023 – How did Israeli Intelligence Miss the Hamas Attack? | Vantage with Palki Sharma Israel’s intelligence agencies failed to detect the Hamas attack despite its large funding and near-mythical status. The much-hyped barrier between Gaza and Israel also failed to keep the Hamas terrorists out. How did Israeli intelligence miss the red flags? Was it over-confidence or poor intelligence? Palki Sharma tells you.
October 10, 2023 – The full answer will take some time to emerge. But it seems as if surprise, scale and speed overwhelmed defenses which were patchy and unprepared for what they faced. Israeli intelligence failed to get inside the planning by Hamas for the attack. The group seems to have undertaken a long-term program of deception to give the impression it was incapable or unwilling to launch an ambitious attack. Former US Army Lieutenant general Mark Schwartz who served as the US Security Coordinator for the Israel-Palestinian Authority until 2021 spoke to the BBC about how this possibly happened.
October 10, 2023 – Many are wondering how Israeli intelligence did not anticipate the Hamas attacks this past weekend. Chuck Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, joined CBS News to discuss what went wrong.
October 12, 2023 – Why Did Israeli Intelligence Fail So Disastrously?
October 12, 2023 – Israel strikes back, everything you need to know.
October 11, 2023 – Mary Kissel, former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, joined ‘Mornings with Maria’ to discuss the latest news emerging from the Israel-Hamas war.
October 13, 2023 – CNN’s Erin Burnett speaks to Israel Ziv, a retired Israeli general about what he saw the day Hamas attacked Israel, and reacts to the country’s preparedness ahead of the attacks on civilians.
October 13, 2023 – Gershon Baskin, the Middle East director for the International Communities Organization and former peace negotiator, says Hamas is ‘beginning to understand their end is coming and that’s a dangerous situation.’
October 14, 2023 – Israel’s multi-billion-dollar Iron Wall was supposed to keep Hamas militants out. Instead, Israelis were left virtually defenseless as fighters from Gaza swept through town after town killing more than 1,000 people. By analyzing footage from Hamas, Israeli civilians and CCTV, we piece together a minute-by-minute account of how the attack unfolded.
October 14, 2023 – The terror attacks against Israel have drawn new attention to the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip – and its backers. Host Marie Sina is joined by Matthew Levitt, director of the Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. They discuss Hamas’ main sources of funding, its ties to Iran and Russia, and the humanitarian situation for Palestinian civilians.
October 14, 2023 – An Israeli ground invasion of Gaza appears all but set to begin. It’s an invasion that the military has been preparing for since October 7, when Hamas launched an unprecedented attack. That attack was described as a massive failure for a country touted to have some of the best intelligence in the world. So where was that Israeli intelligence? And how did that same intelligence inform Israel’s decision to invade Gaza now?
October 15, 2023 – Former deputy head of military intelligence and current head of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism, and former CIA officer Norman Roule discuss how Israel was caught off-guard, and how Hezbollah’s posturing might spark “the big war”.
October 18, 2023 – WARNING: This video contains extremely graphic footage recovered from the Hamas invasion and massacre in southern Israel on October 7th, 2023.
0:05-3:08 – Footage from car dashcams and security cameras showing Hamas entering Israeli communities, shooting civilians in their cars and as they were running away, and looting their bodies and vehicles.
2:58 – We see a Hamas terrorist throw a grenade into a bomb shelter; an Israeli runs out and the terrorist shoots him as he is running away.
3:12-8:10 – Footage recovered from terrorists’ cameras as they invaded the southern towns of Be’eri, Kfar Aza, Sufim, and Re’em and broke into home after home.
6:35 – We see a terrorist shoot the wheels of a parked ambulance.
8:04 – We see terrorists standing still in the midst of a red alert siren (“tzeva adom”) due to their own rockets that they were firing into southern Israel at the same time as their invasion and massacre.
8:13-10:49 – Extremely graphic: the aftermath of the massacre in the Israeli southern towns. We see homes, including children’s bedrooms, covered in blood; endless rubble; people burned alive in their cars; and a dog shot and disfigured.
October 27, 2023 – The Israeli Government is one of the most well-resourced intelligence communities in the world, specifically designed to prevent an attack from Hamas. So how did it fail to detect an operation that involved months of planning, meetings in multiple countries, and thousands of militants? This is part two in our series on the Israel-Gaza conflict.
November 1, 2023 – Analysis of the IDF’s current Gaza invasion strategy and context on regional strife between Arabs and Jews going back to biblical times.
November 5, 2023 – If the Ukraine war is a proxy war between the US and Russia, then the Gaza war is a proxy war between Iran and Israel. For the past 20 years, Iran has repeated threatened to wipe Israel off the map and has built a ring of fire consisting of 19 armed groups around Israel that include Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel perceives Iran as an existential threat and the Mossad, Israel’s famed intelligence agency, has devoted its best resources to stop Iran’s nuclear program. In this video, we talk to Ilan Evyatar about his new book Target Tehran that provides a detailed account of how the Mossad has set back Iran’s nuclear program and changed the balance of power in the Middle East. David Woo, a former IMF economist and a top-ranked Wall Street global macro strategist, tells it as it is. You may not agree with everything he says but he will make you reassess everything you thought you knew.
November 20, 2023 – Why Israel needs to deploy “the maneuver.” How Hamas has changed. Why it’s time to move the “chess pieces” around. Efraim Halevy sat down with The Free Press’s Tim Samuels to share his insider knowledge.
November 26, 2023 – This is how Israel got surprised.
November 30, 2023 – The New York Times reports Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show. Former deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes joins to discuss.
November 30, 2023 – The Israeli government is going to have to make some changes in the IDF General Staff if we wants to win this war, and the West is going to have to make some changes in the way that it does things if it wants to survive.