Israel's Internal Security Service (Shin Bet) revealed that Hamas operatives from Gaza are exploiting PA youths in a significant number of cases without their knowledge to assist in carrying out terror attacks.

Hamas operatives in Gaza do so by hiding their true identity and pretending to be legitimate business ventures and various entities, recruiting young Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria for paid business "work", and then sending them on a variety of tasks such as transferring funds intended for the purchase of weapons or delivering packages containing weapons or ammunition - all this without the messengers being aware, in most cases, that they are transferring weapons or are involved in terrorist activity.