While a prisoner of Israel in 1996, Mosab Hassan Yousef — the son of Sheik Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas — was approached by Shin Bet agents who looked to recruit him to spy within Hamas. He agreed. Mosab’s information soon had Shin Bet calling him “the most reliable source in the Hamas leadership,” and Israeli lives were undoubtedly saved as a result of Mosab’s collaboration. Despite this success, Yousef has since revealed himself to be more double agent than turncoat.
During the initial contact within Israel’s Maskubia (Jerusalem’s central prison), Mosab agreed to collaborate in exchange for Israel not targeting his father. After years of providing valuable intelligence, in 2007 Mosab declared his conversion to Christianity, moved to California, and went public with his story. His tale was a sensation, drawing attention and praise from U.S. pro-Israel organizations. But his tale has since been revealed to be a “long con,” the evidence coming from when he speaks publicly in Arabic.
Mosab did not convert to what the West would recognize as Christianity, but to a fiery, Palestinian brand of the faith that is vehemently anti-Israel. According to Mosab, his main goal in coming to the U.S. is to infiltrate the main source of international support for Israel: the American church. From an interview with Al-Arabiya:
During my tours in universities and even churches, [I found] the real support for Israel stems from the church in the West. … We need to understand the difference between “revenge” and “resistance” and once the Palestinians do, we will have our victory against Israel.Activists like Mosab know very well that Western media rarely translate their doublespeak. He continues:
Israel is the problem and as an occupation it needs to end. … There are many ways to do this besides the coward explosive operations.Mosab’s formula? Infiltrate the West with his book:
By Lee Kaplan, investigator, communications director
Gonen Ben-Itzhak, the Shin Bet handler of Mosab Yousef, a.k.a. Son of Hamas, now has become or maybe already was in the service of Israel’s enemies. Gonen has gone from being Mosab’s handler, to a former Shin Bet Agent, to a friend of Mosab, and now to being a defender of Mosab in the Media. He did this even after Mosab was caught making statements in Arabic about his intention to destroy Israel, while in English, Mosab says he believes Israel has the right to exist. Didn’t Yasser Arafat practice the same duplicity?
What are Gonen’s motives?
I have been doing some investigating of Gonen Ben Itzhak and his credentials as a Shin Bet agent, especially after he wrote a very unprofessional article attacking Mr. Walid Shoebat who I have followed for eight years and is without doubt a credible advocate for Israel both in English and Arabic. Gonen made statements without backing up his allegations with proper due diligence. Intelligence officers worth their salt should be at least professional in the way they present their cases, especially if allegations of fraud are being pursued against an accused. To call someone a fraud in public, one must have proper evidence to substantiate such a claim. It appears the accuser Gonen Ben Itzkak may have to look in the mirror, as there are serious questions to be answered by him regarding Mosab and possibly about Gonen’s loyalty to Israel itself.
In an interview Gonen admitted in the Haaretz Newspaper that the Shin Bet fired him for lying and financial mismanagement. Gonen also admitted to voting for Meretz, the most far left party in Israel, that has the honor of having as one of its leaders Yossi Beilin (should I say any more?). He also stated that his firing was related to his relationship with Mosab Yousef. Mosab stopped spying for Israel at the very same time Gonen was fired in 2005, all of which provides many more questions about Gonen. In the book Son of Hamas, Mosab wrote that he was paid a lot of money by Israel and also portrays the main reason he spied for Israel as being to protect his father from assassination with the ancillary motive of “saving innocent lives.” Gonen also in Haaretz praised Mosab’s father, the leader of Hamas, writing, “I give credit to Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who despite his problematic path raised his children with the principles of humanism”. Such a statement is unusual considering that the ‘Sheikh’ is a first-class terrorist leader. Such respect from Gonen, an Israeli, shows his true motives, his political psyche and his lack of loyalty to Israel. Gonen, at best, may be a foolish naive leftist, and, at worst, manipulated by Mosab to do the bidding for Hamas.
Other questions surround the work of Mosab in protecting his father and other leaders in Hamas, as well as the arrest of terror kingpin Marwan Barghouti. Prior to the election of Hamas in 2006, Marwan Barghouti was a star in the PLO and touted to become its next leader. Hamas and the PLO were arch enemies at that time. Hamas needed Barghouti out of the way in order to win the elections, so it is possible that Mosab influenced and helped the Israelis arrest Barghouti so that Hamas’ chances of electoral victory would be enhanced.
These questions should be closely investigated by Shin Bet and Israel’s intelligence services. Indeed, maybe they already have been which resulted in Gonen’s being fired for lying. What is most shocking is that Gonen Ben Itzhak wished to defend the Son of Hamas even after he was exposed stating in Arabic on the Arab media that “My goal is to infiltrate the churches in America in order to destroy Israel” and then to make a plea to 20 million viewers in the Middle East not to report planned suicide bombings. Would any loyal citizen of a country speak out for his enemy this same way?