According to the Hebrew Channel 12, Halevi reported on 17 April: "If the coronavirus is spreading in Gaza, it will be difficult to deal with the pandemic there."
"It is in Israel's security interests to prevent the outbreak of the virus in Gaza, because Hamas may opt for escalation against Israel in case of a virus outbreak in Gaza," he added.
Halevi pointed out that: "Israel allows international organisations to enter the necessary medical equipment and supplies for Gaza, in order to contain the spread of the virus there."
Responding to Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar's statements about respirators, and preventing Israelis from breathing, Halevi threatened: "If Hamas chooses to escalate because of the coronavirus, the loss will be doubled."
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Palestine in March, the Gaza Strip has recorded 13 cases of the coronavirus infections, eight of which have recovered.