There is an interesting article in today's Straits Times about the conversion of the son of Hamas founder to Christianity and how he helped averted many potentially disastrous suicide bombings by Hamas. Mar 8, 2010
Why I became an Israeli spy
Mosab Yussef told CNN he fed Shin Bet information about Hamas attack plots for 10 years because he found the group was practicing 'exceptional cruelty' against its members and 'killed people for no reason.' -- PHOTO: APWASHINGTON - THE son of a founder of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas detailed his years spying for Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Mosab Yussef told CNN he fed Shin Bet information about Hamas attack plots for 10 years because he found the group was practicing 'exceptional cruelty' against its members and 'killed people for no reason.' Hamas and Israel waged a brutal three-week war in the Gaza Strip that ended in January 2009 after 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
The Islamist group, which has ruled the tiny coastal enclave ever since it seized power from the US-backed Palestinian Authority in June 2007, has also launched rocket attacks on Israel from the territory. 'They offered me to work for them. My goal was to be a double agent and attack them from the inside,' Mr Yussef, 32, said of his initial contacts with Shin Bet.
But the views of the man who came to become a top informer codenamed 'The Green Prince,' changed after a stay in prison. 'After I was tortured by Shin Bet, I was transferred to prison (where) Hamas tortured Hamas members and I became confused who was really my enemy... I accepted to meet Shin Bet.'
Mr Yussef, whose father Sheikh Hassan Yussef disowned him on Monday after Mosab made his revelations in the book 'Son of Hamas' published this week in the United States, said his decision was partly a moral one. 'My people did not understand this. Shin Bet is committed to a constitution but Hamas targets civilians. There's a difference between targeting a terrorist and civilians,' he said.
The Israeli daily Haaretz, which first reported on the revelations, said Mosab was crucial in the arrests of Ibrahim Hamid, a Hamas military chief in the West Bank, and Abdullah Barghuti, the bomb maker behind an infamous 2001 suicide attack on a Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem. 'I saw that my enemy... they had morality, they had their responsibilities more than my own people,' said Mr Yussef, who converted to Christianity 10 years ago and now lives in California.