(February 12, 2018 / JNS) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced Monday that it has arrested two men, a Turkish national and an Israeli Arab, who are suspected of being recruited for Hamas activity, while also accusing Turkey of turning a “blind eye” to the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group’s economic and military activity in the country.
The Shin Bet said that in the course of the Tekeli investigation, it was discovered that Turkey contributes to the military strength of Hamas via the SADAT company, which was established at the behest of Adnan Basha, an adviser close to Turkish government officials. This company was founded to facilitate—with funds and weapons—the creation of the “Palestine Army,” whose goal is to fight Israel.
“Investigation findings have revealed wide-ranging Hamas activity in money laundering in Turkey on instruction from Zaher Jabarin, while concealing from the authorities the sources of the funds,” the Shin Bet stated.
Another shell company, IMES, served as a cover for the laundering of millions of dollars that were transferred to Gaza and various countries.
“IMES’s importance to Hamas was revealed in the investigation of Dara’am Jabarin, who was recruited to Hamas by Zaher Jabarin while visiting Turkey,” said the Shin Bet.
According to the security agency, Dara’am’s “handlers in Turkey gave him hundreds of thousands of Euros for Hamas’s military infrastructure. He hid the funds in various secret locations in Judea and Samaria.”
The Shin Bet added that the investigation has revealed that Hamas’s economic and military activity in Turkey “takes place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and—on occasion—encourage it, and with the assistance of Turkish nationals, some of whom are close to the government. This activity relies on—inter alia—business platforms that serve Hamas in laundering funds that are transferred to Judea and Samaria and used in recruiting Israelis to its ranks.”