The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) dismissed Monday Israeli media reports on ongoing coordination between Hamas-affiliates who won in the recent local elections and Israeli security and army officials.

Dr. Mahmoud Zahar, a prominent Hamas Gaza leader, said that the reports were straight lies, explaining that Hamas bars any connection with Israelis.

Israeli media sources quoted a senior army official as saying that Palestinian local council’ leaders, who are affiliated with Hamas, are coordinating with army and Israeli security forces issues related to civil affairs in their towns.

Israel radio has quoted a Hamas west bank leader Sheikh Hassan Yousif as affirming the communication, saying “when it comes to the living needs of our people, we can’t avoid talks with Israeli representatives”