Hamas, ISIL Said To Be Close
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israel's intelligence community has determined increasing
cooperation between Hamas and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
Sources said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas and ISIL
intensified cooperation in 2015. They said the two movements share
intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services.
"They have the same interests: ISIL fights Egypt, and Hamas fights
Israel," a source said.
The sources said ISIL has facilitated numerous weapons shipments to the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. They said ISIL worked with Bedouin smugglers to
ensure that convoys of missiles and other weapons bypass Egyptian Army
outposts in northeastern Sinai Peninsula.
"The arrangement is that ISIL takes 10 to 20 percent of the weapons
ordered by Hamas," another source said.
The sources said the arrangement has been hampered by the Egyptian
offensive against the smuggling tunnel network from Sinai to the Gaza Strip.
Instead, ISIL has brought components and raw material to enable Hamas and
Islamic Jihad to manufacture their own weapons.
"Hamas pays for the smuggling despite its huge budget shortfall," the
The sources said Hamas and ISIL have also agreed to use the Gaza Strip
as a logistics hub for the Islamic war in Sinai. They said ISIL has been
sending injured fighters for medical treatment in the Gaza Strip.
"ISIL needs Hamas but doesn't have much trust in Hamas," the second
source said. "ISIL is developing other logistics options in Sinai."