GOLIATH is raging in rage after the costly slingshot of David. Four Ds (deaths, destruction, displacement and doom) are the writing on the wall for the Gaza Strip. Nonetheless, the flashpoint of the saga reveals a chink in the Goliath’s armour. The much-touted Israel’s intelligence service, a troika of Shin Bet, Mossad and Israeli Military Intelligence, has miserably failed to assess the threat, let alone counter the Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya aka Hamas’ Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. This intelligence failure is a mockery considering the fact that the Gaza Strip, a 360 square kilometres coastal belt, is the most heavily surveilled place on earth. The initial death toll of around 1,400 Israelis is higher than the combined casualties that occurred in the second Intifada (2000-2005) or Six-Day War. 220 Israelis are still in the custody of Hamas. The damage has been done!
At the onset of the Yom Kippur War, the Director of Israel’s military intelligence had dubbed border activities as a hoax before then Prime Minister Golda Meir. This time, the Egyptian warning of ‘something big is coming’ was thrown into the air. The second intelligence collapse occurred only a day before the golden jubilee of the Yom Kippur War. The intelligence apparatus of Israel never estimated the all-out infiltration by Hamas. In any figment of thought, the Israel armed forces could not anticipate that Hamas would be emboldened to this extent to ratchet up its sporadic missile and rocket salvos. The...
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