The Israeli Security services, Shabak, reported that its agents arrested in August a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, and claimed that he acted as the link between Hamas leadership in exile and its members in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel claims that Ya’coub Abu Asab, 33, transferred dozens of thousands of US dollars to Hamas leadership in the West Bank. 

An Israeli security source reported, on Tuesday, that Abu Asab admitted during interrogation that he had ties with Hamas leadership in Saudi Arabia, and received financial support and instructions from them.

“He was the link between Hamas cells in the West Bank cities of Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah”, the source added.

Abu Asab was arrested on August 27, 2005.

According to the Israeli security, the money Abu Asab transferred to Hamas was used to finance families of suicide bombers and resistance fighters, in addition to financing charitable organizations which belong to Hamas, in Jerusalem.