10 September, 2017
Head of Shin Bet security service Nadav Argaman attends a Foreign Affairs and Defense committee meeting at the Knesset on March 20, 2017.
Argaman was quoted by the newspaper as saying that Hamas continued to pose a serious threat to Israeli security, claiming that Shin Bet had foiled some 200 attacks over the course of the previous year.
Netanyahu expressed "deep gratitude" to the Shin Bet's personnel "and to all those involved in this important work on behalf of the security of Israel".
Argaman noted that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, is strengthening its ties in Iran while establishing a foothold in Lebanon.
The prime minister's comments follow mid-August reports that the Shin Bet had exposed a complex money-transferring scheme run by the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas, whose operatives in Gaza used the network to send funds to families of Palestinian terrorists residing in eastern Jerusalem. Hamas continues to use most of its resources for preparing for the next battle at the expense of caring for the welfare of the Palestinians living in Gaza.
Hamas, both from its headquarters in the Gaza Strip as well as from overseas, continues to try and carry out attacks in the West Bank and inside the Green Line, in order to undermine overall stability, he said.
The Shin Bet chief warned that the upcoming Jewish high holidays, which are regularly a period of increased tension in Israel and the West Bank, is "again expected to see an increase in efforts by terrorist groups and individuals to carry out attacks".