The Hamas legislator said $30 million of Hamas funds would be relayed to
bolster the Islamic presence in Jerusalem. Nasser did not elaborate.
Palestinian sources said Hamas's biggest revenue-earner was the tunnel
smuggling industry, reported to employ about 30,000 people in the southern
Gaza Strip. The Hamas government contains 32,000 employees, about two-thirds
of them security officers.
The Hamas budget was much smaller than that of the rival Palestinian
Authority, which allocated $2.78 billion in 2009. The PA budget has been
used to pay about 20,000 civil servants, including security officers, in the
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has asserted that Iran gave Hamas $250 million
in 2009 for refusing an Egyptian-arranged reconciliation accord with the PA.
Abbas said Hamas could receive up to $500 million a year from the mullah
regime in Teheran.
"As far as I know, Hamas receives $250 million," Abbas said. "[Maybe]
every six months, [maybe] every year. Hamas is funded by Iran. It claims it
is financed by donations, but the donations are nothing like what it
receives from Iran. It doesn't amount to one fourth, one fifth, or even one
percent of what [Hamas] gets from Iran."