Hamas’ Oct. 7 attacks inside Israel were not spontaneous at all. The attacks were a long-time coming and Hamas was not the only terrorist group training for them in the future.
Hamas was not responsible in some silo any more than Hamas today has been the only terrorist group holding the hostages in Gaza. Qatari officials have confirmed as of today that the hostages held inside Gaza since Oct.7 have been held by different groups.
It is not known if Qatari knew this when negotiating the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas as of last week before the first 'hostage for prisoner' swap began five days ago.
Five Palestinians groups were involved in the Oct. 7 attack in Israel.
Starting in 2020, the groups trained together and practiced their drills inside the Gaza Strip less than a half-a-mile from the Israeli border.
According to UK intelligence sources, the terrorists posted images of their drills on social media, which included: hostage-taking, exercising raids and literally breaching Israeli defense.
The last exercise discovered so far by UK intelligence was held around mid-September.
Early on after the Oct. 7 attacks, Israel created a Hamas public “kill list” in response, as earlier reported by CDM.
Two of the men on the list included Yahya Sinwar, the alleged mastermind behind the Oct. 7 attacks and Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ overall leader.
“Sinwar is the highest-ranking Hamas official inside Gaza, its defacto ruler, second only to Hamas’ leader, Ismail Haniyeh, who was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. Department of State as of 2018. Haniyeh has resided in Qatar for the last several years, and is the founder of the Hamas security service known as Majd,” as earlier reported by CDM.
“Yahya Sinwar is the commander of the campaign, and he is a dead man,” according to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces. Sinwar is Hamas’s “military and political leadership, all of its assets, are subject to attack and doomed,” added Hagari.”
After IDF’s Gilad Shalt was kidnapped in 2006 and held in Gaza for five years. Shalit was freed in exchange for over 1,000 Israeli prisoners in 2011.
Yahya Sinwar was one of those prisoners held by the Israelis and returned to Gaza in exchange for Shalit.
Haniyeh declared on December 29, 2020 the first of four drills codenamed “Strong Pillar” a "strong message and a sign of unity" between Gaza's various terrorist groups.
Hamas appears to be the dominant group in the coalition bringing together 10 other Palestinian factions in a war games-style exercise overseen by a "joint operation.”
The structure appears to have been co-ordinated as a central command force in 2018.
Prior to 2018, Hamas had coordinated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the second largest terrorist group across Gaza. PIJ has a following inside the UK and across other countries.
Since 2020, Hamas’ co-ordinating efforts have expanded.
That year began the first of four joint drills held over the last three years.
The question now is since these drills occurred in plain sight, how did Israel and its allies’, and those in the region, missed this intelligence, and allow this situation to morph into the brink nearly over the cliff?
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