With Netanyahu's approval: Millions of dollars to Hamas

$15 million from Qatar transferred to Gaza. Israeli official: There has never been better supervision over the transfer of funds.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Money (illustration)
Money (illustration)

$15 million from Qatar were transferred on Thursday evening to Gaza via the Erez crossing with Israel, through the Qatari envoy to the region, Mohammed al-Amedi.

This is the second stage of the Qatari grant, and it will allow for the payment of salaries to Hamas employees on Friday.

A senior political source in Jerusalem said that "the transfer of money to Gaza by Qatar has improved Israel's supervision and control over the transfer of funds so that it does not reach terrorist elements."

According to the source, "Israel receives records of the officials who come to receive the salaries, the recipients of the salaries sign for them and also have their fingerprints taken, and all the details are transferred to Israel.”

"There has never been better supervision over the transfer of funds," the senior official stressed, adding that "[Palestinian Authority chairman] Abu Mazen's decision not to transfer the money is his, and that means a disconnect between Judea and Samaria and Gaza."

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority has denied funding to officials in Hamas-ruled Gaza, after Hamas failed to reinstate PA control over the coastal enclave following last year’s reconciliation agreement.

The PA has also refused to fund transfers of electricity from Israel to Gaza until Hamas relinquishes control over Gaza.

In November, Qatar provided fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant, to alleviate the humanitarian conditions in the enclave.

In addition, Qatar provided Hamas with $15 million in cash, enabling the terror organization to pay its 30,000 employees.

Shortly after the first payment to Hamas, Gaza-based terrorist groups fired a barrage of 500 rockets towards Israel in one day. One person was killed and over 50 injured from rocket and mortar strikes, and a number of private homes were struck during the onslaught.