The whole world is speculating as to how Hamas, completely isolated and under extremely close surveillance, was able to carry out such an attack. Many conspiracy theories have come to light, including quite a few they are incredible also, according to which the Russian Wagner mercenaries are behind the attack. However, according to a more recent assumption, the whole thing was an inside job of the Palestinian radical Islamist movement, who worked out the details with amazing thoroughness. In order for the implementation to be successful, it was also necessary for the Israeli secret services to make huge mistakes:
According to reports, planning the action behind the head of the military wing of Hamas, a certain Mohammed Deif, stood. You can read more about him here:
According to reports, he began planning the action in 2021, when clashes with Israeli forces broke out around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which caused great indignation for both the Arab and Islamic worlds.
This was triggered by scenes and footage of Israel storming al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, beating worshipers, attacking them, and dragging old and young men out of the mosque.
sources said. Even then, it led to clashes that lasted for days before tempers calmed down. When the events calmed down after 11 days, Israel could have thought that it could get away with what happened. The calmness of the Gaza Strip seemed to be supported by the fact that there were rumors that other winds were blowing in the isolated zone, that economic development was the goal instead of continuous conflict. Nevertheless, Jerusalem has regularly clashed with the Palestinians in the West Bank, but the part is not under the supervision of Hamas.
By then, however, the big plan was already ready, of which they were all a part, and they successfully defeated the Israeli defense services with it.
It was also part of the grand plan that Deif consciously began to spread the narrative that Hamas has no interest in sparking a conflict with Israel. The message was that it was time for the radical Islamist organization to focus on economic recovery, in which the conflict would be a hindrance. In Israel, they believed the message and slowly began to make concessions to the Palestinian workers in Gaza, while the Hamas militants were prepared for the attack for two years.
We have been preparing for this battle for two years
– said Ali Baraka, head of Hamas’s foreign relations.
Breaking: Ali Baraka, a leader abroad, reveals that the operation involved nearly 2,000 fighters, planned over a year, with 40,000 more in . He denies involvement and any intent to disrupt -Israel- relations. #Hamas
— Breaking (Now) October 10, 2023
Many have reported that Deif is not the only person making decisions in Hamas. Deif, who heads the Al-Qassam Brigades, is said to have made the decision together with Yehja Sinvar, the head of Hamas in Gaza, but it is not clear who was the mastermind.
There are two brains, but one mastermind
said the unnamed source, adding that only a few Palestinian leaders knew about the operation. The details were kept secret to such an extent that even Iran, which is considered the organization’s main supporter, only knew that a large-scale operation was being prepared. But he did not know the date of this, nor the details of its exact execution. This account supports the Iranian Ayatollah’s claim that they had nothing to do with the operation. The United States stated similarly, they consider the Persian government complicit, although they have no information indicating that Tehran actually took a role in organizing the events.
In his speech on Hamas television, the leader of the al-Qassam Brigades also spoke about the Israeli attacks on the West Bank. According to him, these were not fulfilled, which is why he called on the Palestinians to take up arms during the Saturday morning attack.
The large-scale attack has since provoked Israel’s anger, now heavy bombing is taking place in Gaza, while nothing is known about the leaders of Hamas. It is not yet clear what the outcome of the war will be, but even an extensive regional conflict may develop in the region. And this may, willy-nilly, even drag Tehran into the events.
The cover photo shows riots outside the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in 2018. Cover image source: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images