A recent IDF raid on Hamas offices in the West Bank city of Tulkarem yielded various intelligence assets as well as a photo of a familiar political figure – MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad).
The photo, recovered in a raid held in December, depicts a smiling Zoabi alongside four known Hamas members, including Aziz Dwaik, the movement's most senior representative in the West Bank and Mariam Saleh, the former minister of women's affairs in Hamas government in Gaza.
Both Dwaik and Saleh have served time in Israeli prisons for alleged involvement in a terror organization.
The meeting took place shortly after Dwaik was released from prison.
Zoabi confirmed that she had met with Dwaik and Saleh in December: "The military shouldn’t be conducting these raids, but rather put an end to the occupation," she said Thursday.
"About 20 people took part in that meeting and the Shin Bet gave ne no trouble about it. Why should they? The entire world recognizes Hamas now and I think it's time Israel did so as well. We don't consider Hamas to be a terror organization," she said."