World Bulletin/News Desk
An Israeli official on Thursday revealed the arrest of a Hamas leader a month ago over accusations that he is occupying a senior position in the group outside the Palestinian territories.
“Shin Bet arrested a senior Hamas leader who revealed details of Hamas’ activities and operations,” Ofir Gendleman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote on his Facebook account.
He added that Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, arrested Mahmoud Tuama in April 2014, noting that the man had been residing in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s and that he joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1983 and then Hamas as soon as 1987 upon the foundation of the Palestinian resistance movement.
He was arrested as he tried to cross Allenby Bridge, which connects the occupied West Bank with Jordan, Gendleman said.
Gendleman said, upon his interrogation, Tuama said that as of 2008 he had been a member of Hamas General Shura Council, which is headed by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
He said Tuama is accused of transferring funds to the Islamic Movement in Israel, which the Isreali official accused of being used by Hamas as a front organization “to promote its goals and activities in Jerusalem.”