The use of deception by Hamas and the 7 October attack

Netanel Flamer, Yaser Alashqar, Nathan J. Brown

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The short piece seeks to highlight the role of deception in Hamas’s ability to successfully create the surprise that enabled its attack on 7 October 2023. As the weaker non-state actor in the asymmetric conflict with Israel, Hamas aimed to conceal its intention to launch an attack and blur the signs indicating its plans, using one of the offensive counterintelligence methods, deception, both strategically and tactically. The main lesson of the article is that policymakers and intelligence personnel need to be acutely aware and consider the possibility that the opposing side is employing deception against them, and do everything in their power to negate this possibility in the intelligence analysis process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalOrient; Deutsche Zeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur des Orients
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah
  • Milhemet Ḥaravot Barzel, 2023 -- Deception
  • Military intelligence -- Israel


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