Son of Hamas Leader Spied for Israel.
March 2, 2010
Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas' founding members, from the West Bank. But, as he has revealed in his book,
Son of Hamas
, Mosab has led a double life for the last ten years, working as a spy for Shin Bet, the Israeli domestic security service, saving countless lives since his advance warnings led to the arrests of such men as Marwan Barghouti, who mastermined many bombings, and dozens of Islamists-‘martyrs of Islam'- just before their terrorist acts.
Mosab converted to Christianity ten years ago, and says his acts were motivated by his religious beliefs- he denounced all violence, including the brutality of Hamas. He himself saw while in an Israeli prison how Hamas tortured suspected collaborators. He claims to have saved both Israeli and Palestinian lives. "Hamas cannot make peace with the Israelis," he said. "That is against what their God tells them. It is impossible to make peace with infidels, only a ceasefire, and no one knows that better than I. The Hamas leadership is responsible for the killing of Palestinians, not Israelis."
However what is interesting about this story is what has been left out by the British press. Neither
[of London], nor
The Sunday Telegraph
mention that Mosab considers the Judaic and Islamic conception of God the root cause of all the violence,
"I am not pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. I worked for my God, who is the father of all human beings wherever they are. I do not want to go back to that work. I chose to leave, because after 10 years of fighting terrorism, I understood that it is not the problem. Of course, it is important to fight terrorism, but if I think about the long term, the only way is not to do battle against suicide bombers but against their motivation: namely, their God.
"Many people think the terrorists' motivation is the Israeli occupation, the corruption, but all that is just the backdrop. It is not the root of the problem. The occupation is like the rain that falls on the soil in which the seed has been planted, but it is not the seed itself. The root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not lie in security or politics: It is a war between two gods, two religions. Between the God of the Torah and the God of the Koran. The Koran teaches that this is Waqf land - a sacred endowment which must not be given up. The Torah taught the Jews that this is their land and must not be given up.
"It follows that there will be no peace in the Middle East. Israel's problem is not with Hamas or with any other organization, nor with the interpretation Hamas reads into the Koran. It is with the god of the Koran. After all, even a moderate Muslim who reads the Koran must read that the Jews are the sons of apes and that the infidels must be killed. The Palestinians must stop blaming Israel, or the West, for all their problems. If they want true freedom, they must free themselves from their God."