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Israel's military intelligence chief resigns after failing to prevent Hamas attack

The head of Israeli military intelligence, Major General Aharon Haliva, has resigned and will step down as soon as a successor is appointed, according to the military in a statement on Monday (22).

Haliva said last year that he accepted responsibility for the Israeli intelligence security failures that enabled the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel.

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At the time, around 1,200 people were killed by the radical Islamic group and another around 250 were taken hostage, which marked the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Haliva's departure paves the way for more members of Israel's top security brass to recognize security failures on the day of the attack.

Netanyahu promises to increase pressure against Hamas

The Israeli war cabinet met on Sunday night to discuss efforts to free the remaining hostages held in Gaza, according to an Israeli official.

The war cabinet is made up of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Benny Gantz, who is president of the National Unity Party.

In a video statement released by the Government Press Office to mark Passover on Sunday, Netanyahu said: “Tonight, 133 of our dear brothers and sisters do not sit at the Seder table and are still trapped in Hamas hell. ”

Netanyahu accused Hamas of rejecting proposals for a hostage agreement “out of hand,” and said that Israel would soon receive “additional and painful blows” and that he would increase “military and political pressure” on Hamas to release the hostages. .

(With information from James Mackenzie of Reuters)

Source: CNN Brasil

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