Israeli operative penetrated into the highest ranks of the Gaza-based terror group.
By Baruch Yedid, TPS
An Israeli intelligence agent successfully infiltrated the upper echelons of Hamas in Lebanon, sending shockwaves through the terror organization and causing significant embarrassment.
The agent in question, identified as Khalil Abu Ma’za, a Hamas operative from the Gaza Strip, had been operating undercover for years, working closely with Israeli intelligence.
The reports also say he was arrested by Lebanese authorities towards the end of September. He apparently came to the attention of Lebanese officials working to calm an outbreak of fighting in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in August.
The successful infiltration of a Hamas operative into the upper ranks of the organization has caused significant embarrassment and concern among its leadership.
Under the guidance of his Israeli handlers, he climbed the ranks of Hamas, especially within its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Four years ago, Abu Ma’za was instructed to relocate to Turkey, where he was aided by his father, who held close ties to the Hamas leadership.
In Istanbul, he claimed to be working for a Turkish charity, using this cover to connect with senior Hamas officials in Gaza.
His financial situation improved significantly, and when questioned, Abu Ma’za attributed it to his charitable work — an explanation that went unquestioned in the impoverished Gaza Strip.
Abu Ma’za’s rise within the organization allowed him to gain access to sensitive information, including details about weapons depots.
One such depot was subsequently targeted and bombed by Israel, leaving Hamas stunned and unable to comment on the attack due to the shock it had caused.
Abu Ma’za’s proximity to the top leadership of Hamas also provided him with valuable insights into the organization’s activities in Judea and Samaria.