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Saturday, November 24, 2012 

"Son of Hamas" says Israel made a mistake with cease-fire

Mosab Hasan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader who reformed, has said that Israel made an error with the capitulation:
Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book “Son of Hamas,” said on Friday that Israel made a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire with Gaza’s terrorist rulers.

Yousef has spent a number of years abroad following a decade in which he risked his life working undercover as an agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). His code name during that time was 'The Green Prince.'

"What is important is that at the moment there is a ceasefire, and I think we need to look at things and digest all of what happened," Yousef told Israel’s Channel 2 News in a special interview.

"I believe the Shin Bet did its best,” he added. “Let's not forget that our enemy is a barbaric one which uses women and children as human shields, and in these situations we are very limited, because we care about the lives of innocent citizens.”

Asked about the possibility of an Israeli ground operation in Gaza, Yousef responded that "it may be that it was not the best timing for action of this kind - but I'm sure it's a possibility that Israel will consider for the future."

"Israel should not reoccupy Gaza, but I believe that it has the ability to guard the borders through which Hamas transfers weapons," said Yousef, adding that he believes there may be another round of violence between the two sides. "Today we know that they have greater capabilities than ever before. I'm sure it will allow us to prepare for the future,” he said.

Speaking about the possibility that Israel would have to work towards toppling the Hamas regime in Gaza, the former Shin Bet agent said, "This is necessary, but we have to work very hard for it. This is necessary not only for Israel - but for the benefit of humanity. Hamas was born to destroy. It cannot build.”
I'm disappointed at his saying Israel shouldn't reoccupy Gaza, because besides its being Jewish land, not doing so is exactly what prolongs the problem. And if we need to work hard at the job, isn't now the time to have done so?

Update: however, he does make a good point about education:
[...]He asserted that Israel has a responsibility to educate the Palestinian public.

"Why don't we have TV stations, radio stations?" he asked. "We need to expose these lies and educate the Palestinians that Israel is not the enemy, Israel actually helps the people of Gaza everyday more than anyone else," he said, listing Israeli provisions of electricity, money and humanitarian support.

"We need the average Palestinian to see this clearly," he stated, explaining that miscommunication leads "the average Palestinian person" to listen to Hamas lies.
Exactly.

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