Israel reportedly had actual Hamas attack plan a year before Oct. 7 assault

Israeli officials considered the intercepted battle plan too ambitious and out of step with their view that Hamas didn't want a war with Israel, documents show

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
(Image credit: Abir Sultan / Pool / AFP via Getty Images)

Israel possessed what turned out to be remarkably accurate Hamas plans for an attack on southern Israel for more than a year before the Palestinian militants launched their Oct. 7 terrorist incursion, The New York Times reported Thursday. "But Israeli military and intelligence officials dismissed the plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out" and out of step with Israel's view that Hamas wasn't interested in war.

The roughly 40-page document was "circulated widely among Israeli military and intelligence leaders," who code-named it "Jericho Wall," the Times reported. It "outlined, point by point, exactly the kind of devastating invasion that led to the deaths of about 1,200 people."

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