Hamas founder´s son ´sympathizes with IDF´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Hassan Shaalan Published: 06.17.12, 22:30)
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Mosab Yousef, who claims to have been one of Shin Bet´s most valuable
assets after he denounced who denounced Palestinian terror group, on
lecture tour in Israel. ´I will live here one day,´ he says
"I came here to identify with the Israeli soldiers, who work hard to
protect their country," the son of imprisoned Hamas founder Sheikh
Hassan Yousef said Sunday.
Speaking to thousands of Druze soldiers in compulsory service during
Druze Soldier Day at Guy Beach in Tiberias, Mosab Yousef said, "It is
time that the neighbors will learn from Israel what the value and
holiness of life is.
"I will do everything, and act in every way so that the Palestinian
people abandon the language of power and I will lead, in the future,
to freedom," Yousef said.
Yousef, who renounced his father´s terror group and fled to the US,
where he admitted to collaborating with Israel for about a decade,
told Ynet "I am here to support the efforts of the soldiers. I
support the State of Israel because it respects human rights and
freedom, and I hope the other side, the Arab (side), will choose the
"I call on all Israeli soldiers and all denominations to unite
against the main enemy – racism – and safeguard the future of Israel,
which I view as my country," he said. "When the time comes I plan to
live (in Israel)."
Yousef published a shocking autobiography, "Son of Hamas," two years
ago in which he described his decade of service as a secret Israeli
agent. He claims to have prevented dozens of suicide attacks and
helped Israel to hunt down terrorists, including his father. Hamas
considers him a traitor, and his father, who is imprisoned in Israel,
has disowned him.
He moved to California in 2007 and converted from Islam to
In his memoir, Yousef described growing up hating Israel and admiring
the violently anti-Israel terror group his father helped found more
than two decades ago. Israeli forces imprisoned him in 1996 after he
bought weapons, but he says he became disillusioned with Hamas while
He began working with Israel´s Shin Bet security service, which
routinely tries to recruit Palestinians of all factions as informers,
including those in prisons, by using blackmail or promising benefits,
such as work or travel permits.
Yousef claims he was considered one of the Shin Bet´s most valuable
assets and was dubbed "The Green Prince," a reference to his Hamas
pedigree and the Islamists´ signature green color.
The US granted him temporary asylum in 2010 after abruptly dropping
concerns he was a terrorist threat.
Yousef, is the guest of Deputy Minister for Galilee and Negev
Development, Ayoob Kara, who represented the government at the event.
Kara´s spokesman, Mendi Safadi, said Yousef will be in Israel nearly
a month lecturing at universities and other places. AP contributed to
the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/17/12)
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