Israeli Brigadier General Barak Hiram hannibal directive Oct 7
FILE: Israeli Brigadier General Barak Hiram ordered an Israeli tank to fire on a house full of Israeli hostages taken captive by Hamas in Kibbutz Be'eri on Oct 7, 2023

Comment: Please note that with this being relatively breaking news, the following article is a Google translation of the original.

The IDF began to investigate the battles in the first days in the surrounding settlements, and the picture is becoming clearer: many casualties due to our forces firing on our forces and the decision that was made in real time - which turned out to be wrong.

The IDF's investigations into the events of October 7 have already begun, and little by little the picture is becoming clearer about what happened in the first two days of fighting in the Otaf settlements. Tonight (Wednesday) we published in the "Main Edition" new revelations from the investigation of the battles in the Gaza Otaf, on October 7-9:

  • Failure to seek contact by IDF forces in some of the focal points in the Otef.
  • The decision to gather forces and intelligence and not to enter the settlements is wrong.
  • Multiple incidents of our forces firing on our forces (report) on October 7-9.
  • Difficulty reaching a conclusion in a reasonable time regarding the events in Bari, where, among other things, hostages were held inside a house for hours.
Also, the IDF is examining the possibility of appointing an acting commander of the Gaza Division - to which Brigadier General Barak Hiram is expected to be appointed. This is until the investigation of the hostage incident in Bari - which Hiram commanded - is completed. It should be emphasized that there is still no determination on how he will function at the event. This is a complex investigation that includes collecting a large number of testimonies and cross-referencing them.

According to IDF estimates, the investigation into the battles at Kibbutz Bari is the first to be published, during the month of July. This is one battle with a large amount of information that needs to be collected and analyzed. In total, there are about 40 such centers that are being investigated by army officials - from the level of lieutenant generals to generals .

At the same time as the investigation of the events of October 7, the political pressure on Israel is increasing. As we published this evening for the first time in the "main edition", there was a very tense meeting between the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs and Foreign Minister Israel Katz, in which a clear message was conveyed to Israel.

The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs: "There is no one in control of Gaza, crime is rampant there. The moment is approaching when the UN will not be able to continue operating in Gaza - and you will find yourself facing a catastrophe."

Comment: It's true, no 'one' is in control of Gaza. Least of all Israel, despite its most abominable efforts and the support of the Western world behind it.

As for the 'crime' - presumably committed by Gazans - this is clearly the least of Gazans' worries. These people are imprisoned in an Israeli concentration camp and are enduring daily bombardments and massacres alongside famine conditions, and, throughout, their community has been commendable.

Israeli society is already reporting mass psychological problems and it is largely untouched by its genocide. Were Israelis to suffer the same torture that they support against the Palestinians, it's clear they would not cope nearly as well (to put it mildly).

This kind of reporting serves as an example of the kind of propaganda and spin that a genocidal state puts into its news.

Foreign Minister Katz: As long as Hamas is in Gaza, local officials cannot deal with crime and that is why we need to complete the job."

The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs: "We fear that the aid trucks will be looted by criminal gangs. The number one problem in Gaza is law and order. There are weapons everywhere, the UN is afraid that the anger of the population in Gaza will be directed against the aid populations and that we will not be able to act there."