Yaakov Peri
Yaakov PeriPhoto by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Former Shin Bet chief Yaakov Peri said that since October 7th he has been trying to understand what happened not only in terms of the heinous massacre by Hamas terrorists but the failures of Israeli intelligence.

"Since October 7th, I have not been able to sleep. I feel for the [current] head of the Shin Bet and the organization that I was part of for over 30 years," Peri told the Knesset Channel.

He also said: "I'm trying to understand what happened, what happened not only on that Friday-Saturday, but to the intelligence in general, and I am coming to the conclusion that there was probably a misreading of the intelligence material that was collected, which apparently stated that Hamas had no intention of any confrontation with us."

Peri pointed out, "the fact is that the service and other sources also recommended increasing the number of workers entering from Gaza. We have witnessed a military and technological intelligence failure. We must examine what happened."

On the reports that the heads of the security forces met on the night before the terrorists' infiltration, Peri said: "I don't know exactly what happened on Friday night, I know that there was a conversation between the head of the Shin Bet, the head of the security forces and the Chief of Staff, and they probably came to the conclusion that this was not a danger, but unfortunately they were wrong and my heart goes out to the service and the entire intelligence forces and, of course, to the thousands of civilians who were murdered.”