Leaked Report Reveals IDF Errors During Oct. 7 Hamas Invasion

By Yoni Weiss

Destruction at Kibbutz B’eri, southern Israel, as seen Dec. 19, 2023. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

While officially, the IDF probes into the Oct. 7 events and terror attacks will be disclosed to the public in mid-July, Channel 12 last week reported leaks of some key findings, which the IDF notably did not deny.

Although the IDF has not confirmed the report, the military’s complete silence is telling, especially given their aggressive denials of other leaks about failures related to Oct. 7.

The leaked report indicates several critical issues:

  • Numerous cases of friendly fire errors leading to tragic deaths.
  • Groups of IDF soldiers hesitant to confront Hamas invaders, while others rushed to fight without being formally summoned.
  • Higher-up commanders ordered some soldiers to remain in a reserve capacity when they should have headed to the front.
  • Uncertainty in handling complex battlefield situations involving hostages in Be’eri.

One significant consequence could be the freezing of Brig.-Gen. Barak Hiram’s promotion to commander of the Gaza Division. He has been controversial for allegedly ordering fire on residential units containing both Hamas terrorists and hostages, potentially killing a dozen hostages. His orders, however, may have been aimed at saving soldiers under fire. This issue remains debated, with potential backlash from both hostage families and military personnel.

On June 5, the IDF announced it would release its probes on a rolling basis in July and August. Key officers will present aspects to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi in early July, with public availability expected in late summer.

The probes will examine the Gaza concept and the security establishment’s outlook dating back to 2018, with expectations to look even further back as part of a state inquiry and State Comptroller report. Probing beyond 2018 could delay publication, raising concerns over time.

Maj.-Gen. Mickey Edelstein is expected to lead the first probe, focusing on the invasion and battle for Be’eri, with about 40 other probes to follow. A probe on the events of Oct. 6, including specific warnings and operational moves, will likely be publicized in early August.

Despite the IDF probe, most defense officials are calling for a state inquiry into the government’s decisions and actions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes any state inquiry, fearing political consequences for his coalition.

To Read The Full Story

Are you already a subscriber?
Click to log in!