Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka: Hamas began planning the attack on southern Israel two years ago
Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka has revealed that Hamas started planning the attack on southern Israel two years ago after President Joe Biden took office and following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
In an exclusive interview with Russia Today on October 8, Baraka said Hamas had established local factories for the production of different weapons and munitions like rockets with different ranges; mortars and their shells; B-7 and B-10 guns and their shells; and Kalashnikov rifles and bullets. Baraka also claimed that their group possessed a Russian license to produce Kalashnikov bullets in Gaza.
Baraka also revealed that Hamas received support from Iran and other allied groups like Hezbollah and the Arab and Islamic people. But they intentionally hid the plan from some of the Hamas leaders to project a “rational” image. ”The number of people who knew about the attack and its timing could be counted on one hand.” (Related: Some things never change: Associated Press worked with Nazis against Jews in WWII, now AP working with Hamas to target Jews anew.)
“We made them think that Hamas was busy with governing Gaza and that it wanted to focus on the 2.5 million Palestinians [in Gaza], and has abandoned the resistance altogether. All the while, under the table, Hamas was preparing for this big attack,” Baraka said.
Moreover, responders discovered a manual used in the attack in a Toyota pickup truck. The manual, dating back to October 2022, had detailed plans for the raid, with plans on breaching the border fence, expected Israeli defenses and the capture of soldiers, residents and hostages for negotiation.
However, a diplomatic source told AL-Monitor that the attack didn’t exactly go as planned. ”They hoped to kill some Israelis, embarrass the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] and return to Gaza with two or three kidnapped Israelis. Instead, they roamed inside Israel for more than a day, killing over a thousand Israelis and getting stuck with something like 200 abductees,” the source said.
“They are very worried. With two abductees, they could have negotiated with Israel for permission to build a seaport and freedom for hundreds of prisoners held in Israeli jails. With more than 100 abductees, they will face the entire Israeli army inside Gaza. That’s the tragedy of their success.”
Even the Hamas group was surprised by their tragic success. In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Baraka stated: “We were surprised by this great collapse. We were planning to make some gains and take prisoners to exchange them. This army was a paper tiger.”
Baraka: Biden must pay the price for supporting Israel
On October 10, Biden along with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom released a joint statement regarding their “steadfast and united support” for Israel.
“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism.”
Sunak even took to social media to reiterate his support for Israel. “The people who support Hamas are fully responsible for this appalling attack. They are not militants. They are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists.”
Biden echoed the same sentiment in his own social media message. “Tonight, America says clearly to the Israeli people, to the world, and to terrorists everywhere that we stand with Israel. That will never change,” he wrote on X.
In response, Baraka told Russia Today: “Biden, the highest authority in the U.S., declared that he stands with Israel against Hamas and the Palestinian people. Therefore, he is a partner to this aggression, he must pay the price.”
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