Zoon van Hamasleider: ‘Hamas is geboren om te vernietigen – Hamas kan zelf niets bouwen’

Mosab Hassan Yousef – Van Hamas terrorist tot Israël supporter

Meer klinkend als de gefrustreerde inwoner van een zuidelijk gelegen Israëlische stad na het dagen na elkaar lijden onder de sirenes en raketaanvallen dan als de zoon van een van de oprichters van Hamas, vertelde Mosab Hassan Yousef tegenover het Israëlische Channel 2 vrijdag j.l. dat het uitschakelen van de terreurorganisatie van zijn vader “een noodzaak is, niet enkel voor Israël maar voor het mensdom.”

Sprekend vanuit een beveiligd huis ergens op een geheime locatie in de Verenigde Staten, 48 uren nadat een fragiel staakt-het-vuren werd bereikt om het conflict tussen Hamas en Israël te beëindigen, zei de voormalige terroristische militant die zich tot een Israëlische informant heeft omgeturnd, het volgende:

“Vergeet niet dat onze vijand een barbaarse vijand is en zij vrouwen en kinderen als schild gebruiken. Hamas is geboren om te vernietigen. Hamas weet niet het iets moet bouwen. Ik betwijfel of zij in staat zijn om een een moderne Palestijnse staat te bouwen en hoop dat al hun leugens aan het Palestijnse publiek zullen onthuld worden.”

Mosab Yousef, de zoon van Hamasstichter sjeik Hassan Yousef, brak met Hamas in 1997 en begon te werken voor de Israëlische binnenlandse inlichtingendienst Shin Bet. Tien later jaar, na het helpen van Israël om dozijnen terreuraanslagen te verhinderen en vele leden van zijn voormalige beweging te arresteren, vertrok Yousef naar de Verenigde Staten waar hij politiek asiel vroeg en zich later bekeerde tot het Christendom.


Even geduld, rest van de vertaling onderweg

When asked in the TV interview who he thought had won the recent round of fighting, Yousef, 33, echoed the words of many an Israeli pundit, saying that only the days to come will tell. “What’s important is that there is a ceasefire right now and I think that we need to rethink and recalculate everything that happened.”

Asked to weigh in on the strategic value of an Israeli ground operation versus the long range bombing that the air force carried out during the eight days of Operation Pillar of Defense, Yousef said, “Maybe this was not the perfect time for Israel to execute a ground operation, but this is an option that I am sure Israel will take into consideration in the future. It does not have to re-occupy the Gaza Strip, does not have to go into very populated areas, but I believe Israel can control the borders, where Hamas smuggles its weapons, anytime.”

Speaking as footage of air force jets pounding Hamas targets in Gaza, and of IDF soldiers preparing their tanks for a possible incursion, played in the background, Yousef said that “If Hamas continues to threaten the security of the state of Israel, I believe Israel has the ability and the capacity to control the borders and cut off the weapons supply.”

Yousef said he was not surprised to see Hamas had proved capable of firing at cites in the center of Israel, as it did on several occasions over the week, aiming for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. “I think the Israeli intelligence knew about Hamas’s capacity. That was a test to see what Hamas has in storage, and today we know their ability more than any time in the past. I am sure this will allow us to prepare for what is beyond the horizon,” Yousef said. “Among the poor, hungry and ignorant Palestinians, Hamas’s credit went up, but I am sure that at the end of the day Hamas cannot provide Palestinians with peace,” he added.

The solution, according to Yousef, is to educate Gazans about their real friends and foes. ”We need to expose the lies and educate the Palestinian public that Israel is not the enemy. Israel actualy helps the people of Gaza more than anybody else,” he said. “We need the average Palestinian to see this clearly.”

In a particularly poignant part of the interview, Yousef chose to use the camera to speak directly to his father, the man who publicly disowned him two years ago. “I am sure that Hamas people, people like my father are listening to this interview. It is not courageous of them to hide behind children and launch missiles. Israel was out [of Gaza, having removed all its civilians and its military in the disengagement of 2005]. The battlefield was out of the populated areas. If they [Hamas members] had courage they could have come out of the Gaza Strip instead of hiding like rats,” he charged.

Yousef said he hasn’t communicated with his parents since they publicly disowned him after the publication of his book “Son of Hamas,” in which he recounts the tale of his cooperation with Israeli intelligence in 2010. “I consider today that I don’t have a family,” he said.

Addressing video footage of Hamas operatives dragging a body of a suspected collaborator with Israel through the streets of Gaza earlier this week, Yousef said: “Hamas thinks they can kill the will of people by intimidation. Most of those who are killed in the Gaza Strip for the suspicion of collaborating with Israel, have nothing to do with Israel.”

Asked if he ever desires to return to his West Bank hometown of Ramallah, Yousef chuckled, saying, “Everybody knows what the result would be. I am not interested in going to Ramallah as of now, but I hope at some point in the future there will be a new generation that prays for peace and co-existence. If this happens I would love to go back to Ramallah, at least to visit.”

door Ron Friedman en Elhanan Miller


Met dank aan Tiki S. voor de hint: “Een roepende in de woestijn!”

Bronnen:

  1. The Times of Israel: “‘Taking down Hamas is a necessity, not just for Israel, but for humanity,’ says estranged son of terror group’s founder” door Ron Friedman en Elhanan Miller [lees]
  2. Joods Actueel: Mus’ab Hassan Yousuf over de Islam – ongecensureerde versie [lees]
    Joods Actueel: Video: Zoon van Hamasleider spioneerde voor Israel [lees]

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  • Mosab Hassan Yousef – Van Hamas terrorist tot Israël supporter door Missing Peace [lees]