Shin Bet Inspects Qatari Money to Prevent Delivery to Hamas Military Wing

Shin Bet Inspects Qatari Money to Prevent Delivery to Hamas Military Wing

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 10:15
Palestinian Hamas-hired employees wait to receive full salaries for the first time in years, in the southern Gaza Strip, November 9, 2018 (Reuters/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat
With the arrival of the second batch of Qatari installment to pay the salaries of Hamas employees in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, political sources in Tel Aviv said that mechanisms were adopted to ensure that these funds were properly distributed and would not be used to finance terrorism.
 
The sources confirmed that all the lists prepared for the transfer were approved by the Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet), to guarantee that the funds would not finance the activities of Hamas’ military wing.
 
The sources told the official Israeli radio that Hamas employees, who are entitled to receive salaries, signed in writing documents proving that they have received their dues at the post office in Gaza and attached a copy of their identity card.
 
The office of the Qatari delegate, Mohammed al-Emadi, who brought the $15 million in bags from Doha to Tel Aviv, through the Erez crossing near Beit Hanoun, handed Israel tens of thousands of documents for inspection.
 
The first installment stirred controversy in Israel and anger in Ramallah, which has accused Qatar of supporting plans to separate the Gaza Strip by providing financial support to Hamas.

The two batches are part of a sum of $90 million Qatar has allocated to pay the salaries of Hamas employees.

In remarks on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified his government’s decision to allow the transfer of the Qatari funds. He explained that humanitarian problems in Gaza also impacted Israel.
 
“The money was delivered in the past through the Palestinian Authority, but Abu Mazen [President Mahmoud Abbas] chose to suffocate the Gaza Strip,” he said.
 
The Israeli premier stressed that his country demanded, and received, close supervision of those who collect the money, including their signatures and fingerprints.

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