Hamas,  Israel/Palestine

Hamas informant helped prevent dozens of suicide attacks in Israel

Haaretz reports:

The son of a leading Hamas figure, who famously converted to Christianity, served for over a decade as the Shin Bet security service’s most valuable source in the militant organization’s leadership…

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders in the West Bank. The intelligence he supplied Israel led to the exposure of a number of terrorist cells, and to the prevention of dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts on Israeli figures.

Yousef has written a memoir, “Son of Hamas” (with Ron Brackin), which will be released next week in the United States. He fled the West Bank in 2007 and now lives in California.

“So many people owe him their life and don’t even know it,” said [his Shin Bet] handler, named in Yousef’s book as Captain Loai. “People who did a lot less were awarded the Israel Security Prize. He certainly deserves it.”

Loai makes no secret of his admiration for his former source. “The amazing thing is that none of his actions were done for money,” he says. “He did things he believed in. He wanted to save lives. His grasp of intelligence matters was just as good as ours – the ideas, the insights. One insight of his was worth 1,000 hours of thought by top experts.”

Predictably Hamas called the report “Zionist propaganda.” But surely they know better. It’s been obvious for some years that Israel has some excellent sources within Hamas– thank goodness. If revelations like this increase the intra-organizational suspicion within Hamas, so much the better.

Who know, Mr. Galloway*? Perhaps that Hamas guy to whom you handed fistfuls of cash wasn’t who he seemed. Maybe he has invested all that money in Israel Bonds.

*Since Galloway politely referred to us as “Mr. Harry’s Place,” I think it’s only right to return the favor.