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At least half of Hamas’ funding comes from Saudi Arabia, according to an Israeli assessment. Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. and a researcher of terrorist financing, said Tuesday that the amounts funneled to Hamas are growing despite President Bush’s plea to the Saudis to stop aid to Palestinian terrorist groups. At a roundtable in Washington attended by several members of Congress, Gold outlined documents — discovered by Israeli troops in Palestinian offices during a West Bank sweep last year — that prove the connection. One was a handwritten letter from December 2000 by current Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, complaining to the Saudis about their support for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, Gold said.

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