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Obsession with Iran blinded Netanyahu to Hamas threat

When the Gaza operation ends, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to justify his national defense priorities, as he relentlessly pushed the budget for funds against the Iranian nuclear threat while ignoring the tunnels Hamas was digging under Israel that threatened the residents of the south.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he has drawn on a graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. The red line he drew represents a point where he believes, the international community should tell Iran that they will not be allowed to pass without intervention. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR38I72
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When the fighting in Gaza draws to a close, people will certainly demand an investigation into what already appears to be a significant intelligence, military and diplomatic fiasco, or multisystem failure, on Israel's part. It is already clear that Israel did not prepare itself against the threat of the tunnels, dug by Hamas over many years, under the villages in Israel’s south.

My colleague Ben Caspit wrote July 24 in Al-Monitor that a national commission of inquiry should be established to investigate the resounding failure of Israel’s intelligence apparatus. Was it a military failure, or did Israel know (at least in general) about Hamas’ tunnel enterprise and the dangers it posed to the lives of Israel’s southern residents?

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