Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Son of Hamas Leader details his years as Shin Bet agent

Two stories on this. One from Haaretz, the other from the UK Times Online

Fascinating reading. The book, Son of Hamas, will be a must read. But I'm of two minds about all this. The book is certainly running the risk of tipping hands to Hamas. On the other hand, the story of the "green prince," Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is an optimistic story, showing the possibilities of change, even amongst the families of the most hardened barbarian.

Witness what he says about his father, and Hamas:

"Hamas cannot make peace with the Israelis. That is against what their God tells them. It is impossible to make peace with infidels, only a cease-fire, and no one knows that better than I. The Hamas leadership is responsible for the killing of Palestinians, not Israelis," he said. "Palestinians! They do not hesitate to massacre people in a mosque or to throw people from the 15th or 17th floor of a building, as they did during the coup in Gaza. The Israelis would never do such things. I tell you with certainty that the Israelis care about the Palestinians far more than the Hamas or Fatah leadership does."

If the Palistinians ever give up their hatred, might the son of Hamas be a natural person to take over the reins of a responsible government?