Eizenkot: Khan Younis operation was the biggest failure during my tenure

January 26, 2022

Al-Qassam website - Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation military, admitted the failure of the Sayeret Matkal unit operation in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in 2018.

Eizenkotignored the Zionist military censorship while talking about the operation during an interview with an Israeli occupation local newspaper, acknowledging that the operation was the biggest failure during his tenure.

This failure has negatively affected the decision-makers in the occupation entity, as a result of which the commander of the Intelligence Special Operations Department was overthrown, following the resignation of then Minister of War, Avigdor Lieberman, and the resignation of the commander of the Special Staff Unit of Sayeret Matkal.

Despite the negative effects of the operation on the Israeli occupation army, the military censorship imposed a ban on publishing any details regarding the operation, while the Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that the operation constituted a severe blow to the Israeli occupation political and military leadership.

On November 11, 2018, eight undercover Israeli occupying agents, disguised as Palestinians entered the coastal Gaza enclave with the objective of planting listening devices on Hamas’s private communications system.

The Al-Qassam Brigades fighters blew the infiltrating force’s true cover and clashed with them, killing its commander and wounding others, before the rest of its members could flee, leaving their weapons and equipment on the battlefield, dragging their tails with disappointment and failure calling in airstrikes for cover. During the extraction, Israeli occupation aircraft fired more than 40 missiles in the area where the incident took place, killing seven Qassam fighters, one of whom was the field commander, Nour el-Din Baraka.  

“The operation itself failed, there’s no doubt about it,” Amir Oron, an Israeli military analyst, told Al Jazeera. “When you send someone [on a secret mission] you do not want the other side to know of it all.”

Al-Qassam Brigades called this operation “Sword Blade,” and gave, a few days later, citations to the undercover soldiers who took part in the operation, the nature of their tasks, the unit in which they work. Publishing these names and photographs revealed by al-Qassam Brigades was banned by order of the Israeli military censor.