Texas Representative and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Michael McCaul, has expressed concern over the recent Hamas attack on Israel and the failure of both U.S. intelligence agencies and Israeli agencies to recognize the attack beforehand. Rep. McCaul disclosed that Egypt had notified the Israelis three days prior about the potential for such an event, indicating that the attack may have been planned as far back as a year ago.
While the details surrounding the warning remain classified, Rep. McCaul highlighted the need to determine at what level the information was received. In a closed-door briefing with Biden administration officials, House members discussed the ongoing situation in Israel.
Although the Egyptian government has not officially responded to these claims, Egyptian media outlets, known for their close ties to the nation’s intelligence, have denied that any warning was given. Similarly, Israel’s prime minister’s office stated that they did not receive any prior alerts.
In response to the attacks, President Joe Biden has requested Congress to provide additional aid to Israel and condemned the actions of Hamas as “sheer evil.”
The surprise attack by Hamas involved firing thousands of rockets from Gaza, resulting in a devastating impact on both sides. The casualties reached a tragic toll, with over 2,100 lives lost and thousands wounded.
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