(TheProudRepublic.com) – Acknowledging an embarrassing intelligence failure under Joe Biden’s watch, John Kirby, the National Security Council’s Coordinator for Strategic Communications, has stated that the U.S. intelligence community did not have prior knowledge of Hamas’ plans to attack Israel.
This revelation comes despite recent reports by The New York Times that Israeli officials had a detailed blueprint of Hamas’ intentions for over a year. According to the report, the plan, which outlined a large-scale attack by Hamas on October 7, resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people and the abduction of 200 others.
When Kristen Welker, the host of Meet the Press, inquired about the U.S.’s awareness of this intelligence and why it wasn’t acted upon, Kirby responded, “The intelligence community has indicated that they did not have access to this document. That there’s no indications at this time that they had any access to this document beforehand.”
Welker pressed further, questioning whether U.S. intelligence should have been privy to such critical information. Kirby explained that intelligence gathering is often a complex process, with some information inevitably missing. He reiterated, “As I said, our own intelligence community said that they’ve looked at this. They have no indications at this time that they had any advance warning of this document or any knowledge of it.”
Kirby refrained from labeling the incident as a failure of Israeli and U.S. intelligence. He suggested that Israeli authorities would likely conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. Kirby asserted that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has already acknowledged shortcomings in their intelligence regarding the attack.
Responding to the report, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for accountability and a thorough examination of the events leading up to October 7. The U.S. and Israeli governments’ focus remains on addressing the threat posed by Hamas and ensuring the safety and security of the Israeli populace.