ISRAELI HAMAS ATTACK: HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN FORMERLY GAVE A WARNING

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul told reporters about the alleged warning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the reports "completely false."

Israeli intelligence agencies are under scrutiny for failing to prevent the deadliest attack by Palestinian militants in Israel's 75-year history.

"We know that Egypt warned the Israelis three days ago that an event like this could happen," Mr. McCaul told reporters after a closed-door meeting for Israeli lawmakers on the crisis. in the Middle East, according to AFP news agency. An intelligence official told The Associated Press this week that Cairo had repeatedly warned the Israelis that "something big" was being planned from Gaza

"We warned them that the situation would explode very soon and it would be huge. But they underestimated these warnings," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Cairo officials said Israeli officials downplayed the threat from Gaza, focusing instead on the West Bank.

Sir Alex Younger, who served as head of Britain's foreign intelligence agency from 2014 to 2020, said Hamas militants were able to carry out the October 7 attack thanks to "physical complacency." regime" of Israel.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today Podcast that Israel may have assumed that Hamas was not interested in further conflict, so any information that contradicted that claim was omitted.

"I suspect — although I'm not an insider — that there will be data that could be interpreted differently and certainly with hindsight," he said. He added that complacency could be compounded by overreliance on technological means to monitor Gaza, leading to a false sense of security.

According to the Financial Times, citing two unnamed officials familiar with the matter, there was no specific information about a specific attack.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu called any suggestion that Israel received specific warnings before the deadly incursion "completely false." Egypt – which controls people crossing its border with Gaza – often acts as a mediator between Israel and Hamas.

More than 1,500 militants breached Gaza's security fence on Saturday in a coordinated land, air and sea attack.

The death toll from Hamas attacks in Israel has reached 1,200. More than 1,000 people have been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Israel responded by shelling Hamas targets in Gaza, while residents in the territory said they were without electricity after their only power plant ran out of fuel.

For its part, Hamas condemned US President Joe Biden's comments on Tuesday, saying Israel had a duty to respond to the attacks, which it called "an absolutely evil act".

Palestinian groups said that Mr. Biden's comments were "inciting" and aimed at increasing tensions in the Gaza Strip.

After the Hamas attack, the US announced it would move an aircraft carrier, ships and aircraft to the Eastern Mediterranean, and provide more equipment and ammunition to Israel.
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