The Hamas government in Gaza is concerned over Israeli intelligence operations in their domain, and is trying to thwart any connection between residents and Israeli intelligence officials. Abu Abdullah, a senior member of Hamas' internal police operations, on Tuesday warned Gazans against accepting telephone calls from Israeli intelligence. Often the callers do not identify themselves, he said, but are seeking information that could compromise them, enabling Israeli agents to use sensitive information to force Gazans into working on behalf of Israel, Abdullah said.
Abdullah said that the internal Hamas intelligence service had been able to expose Israel's attempts to recruit Gaza Arabs through social networking, but could not eliminate the phenomenon completely. He said Hamas had recently arrested several Gaza Arabs forming ties with Israel over the internet; more suspects are under surveillance, he added.