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Amos Malka, a former Military Intelligence Directorate chief, believes that Israel could have prevented the intelligence failure on the morning of October 7.

Speaking to Globes, Malka noted the strategic failures which led to the massacre, and warned of future deals.

"The intelligence failure on October 7 was horrific and clear: All of the intelligence services which needed to issue warning - failed," he declared.

At the same time, Malka does not blame only the IDF for the tragic results: "We need to remember the second failure, which is the concept that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cultivated, which has the constant desire to separate Gaza from Judea and Samaria, while cultivating Hamas at the expense of the Palestinian Authority, in order to prevent the option of the creation of a Palestinian state in the future."

Regarding the reports of an "all for all" deal, he warned that such a deal is a trap by Hamas.

"We must not fall into this trap, because we cannot accept a situation in which we give this organization two achievements - the release of all Palestinian captives and the fact that its rule remains in Gaza."

"Israel must return to fighting, and continue to hold negotiations during the fighting. If we do not see a deal like this include the destruction or exit of all of Hamas' leadership from Gaza and complete disarming of the Strip, then the goal which was set for the war - the destruction of Hamas' military and political abilities - will not be achieved."