Palestinians across the Gaza Strip last week reported receiving calls from the Israeli army warning them against helping Hamas, and suggesting that the terror group cared nothing at all for the well-being of local residents.
The pre-recorded Arabic message, which was conveyed by Palestinians to France's AFP news agency, said:
"The Israeli army warns you against obeying the orders of the terrorist Hamas or having any contact with it. Know that Hamas is spending millions of dollars on tunnels used for hostile and terrorist acts against the state of Israel. This money should have gone to infrastructure, education and health projects."
Israel last week revealed the recent discovery of a long tunnel running under the Gaza border and exiting near a Jewish village in southern Israel.
The IDF's telephone escapades in Gaza might be about more than just denying Hamas new recruits. According to Yuval Diskin, the former head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency, the stage is set for an "Arab Spring" uprising among the Palestinians.
The Palestinians "are realizing that the state they aspire to achieve is growing more distant and understand that the economy is no longer something that they can take comfort in," Army Radio quoted Diskin as telling a Knesset Finance Committee meeting.
The former security chief was speaking specifically of Palestinians in the so-called West Bank, whose leadership is still ostensibly engaged in a peace process with Israel. But if his assessment is true there, it is even more so in Gaza, where economic conditions are worse and the current reign of terror(ists) makes peace an impossibility.