Shin Bet “handler” confirms Son of Hamas account!

In REPRINT on May 14, 2010 at 16:24

Haaretz, Israel’s oldest newspaper, published an exclusive interview on May 13 with “Captain Loai,” my Shin Bet handler–a man who was my enemy and has become one of my closest and most trusted friends. By talking with the reporter, Loai put his freedom, even his life, on the line. I am posting it here, in its entirety:

The Handler

May 13, 2010

G., aka ‘Captain Loai,’ was a Shin Bet man who ran agent Mosab Yousef–the son of a Hamas leader and the security service’s top source in that militant organization. ‘I admire the road he took,’ G. tells Haaretz in an exclusive interview about his relationship with an enemy-turned friend.

Something in my acquaintanceship with Mosab diverted me from the path I had chosen,” says G., a former Shin Bet security service coordinator who later became responsible for all the coordinators. He was also one of the handlers of the “Green Prince,” the agency’s code name for Mosab Hassan Yousef. G. left the Shin Bet four years ago, but still seems to miss the period when he pursued wanted individuals in Ramallah–and also perhaps the days and nights he spent with Yousef, the source and agent who became his good friend.

For almost seven years, the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef–one of the founders of Hamas and one of the Islamist organization’s leaders in the West Bank–supplied G. with accurate information on developments involving the top brass of Hamas, plans for suicide-bomber attacks and the whereabouts of wanted individuals. Together, G. and Yousef prevented dozens of terrorist attacks and thwarted plans to assassinate leading Israeli figures, such as President Shimon Peres and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

G., or “Captain Loai,” as he was known in the Shin Bet, does not resemble a “legendary handler of agents.” He looks more like a counselor in the boy scouts. A geek. Of average height, with a full build, he has blue eyes and a classic “nice boy” smile.

Are you in contact with other agents you handled in the past?

G.” “Absolutely not.”

Then why are you in touch with Mosab Yousef? And why you? After all, you were not the one who recruited him and you were not his only handler.

“It just happened. The course of events that made our paths cross and led to our meeting necessitated this sort of connection between us–it is unavoidable, a self-evident part of life, something that exceeds rational decisions. I feel obligated to help a friend, and today Mosab is no longer an ‘agent’ or a ‘source,’ he’s a friend. If he could come to Israel–and I know he can’t–he would be like a member of my family.”

On February 26, Haaretz Magazine published the story of Mosab Yousef (“Adventures of the Green Prince”) shortly before the publication in the United States of his book (written with Ron Brackin), Son of Hamas. The book reveals how the firstborn son of a key Muslim religious figure in the West Bank became one of the Shin Bet’s most important agents inside the Hamas leadership. Captain Loai appears in the book time and again, as a friend, as someone who lent an attentive ear to Yousef over the years. Five years ago, a move began to oust Captain Loai from the Shin Bet, because of an episode he was entangled in involving financial management. A year later, he was officially discharged from the service.

“There’s something symbolic about the fact that even my dismissal was connected to the Green Prince,” G. says. “I made a decision which at the time seemed right to me. There was a certain operation at the end of which we were supposed to acquire an important intelligence asset. I went into it with all my strength and determination, and I paid a price for it, but have no regrets. When things got tangled, I said, ‘It’s my responsibility, do as you wish.’ It involved a breach of financial procedure. I was not subjected to a criminal investigation, but ultimately I was removed from the service, one reason being that I lied. But what surprised me was that the Green Prince was the only person from my place of work who made it clear to the Shin Bet, unequivocally, that ‘Loai was right, he did nothing wrong.’ When the subject came  up for investigation he told the truth. Not all of my colleagues in the service told the truth, partly because they didn’t want to get into trouble.

“An almost absurd situation was created,” G. continues, “in which, after everything I did, and with all the people I knew and the hundreds of preventive operations – one time I actually pulled a top wanted person out from under the table with my own hands – who is the only person who comes to my defense? The Arab, the Palestinian, the Hamas man. An extraordinary relationship of trust between two people was forged here, which took us both a very long way in terms of our willingness to take action. And it seems to me that this special relationship produced meaningful results for the Shin Bet. The fact is that after I left, things changed.”

For the first two and a half years after Captain Loai left the Shin Bet, he was not in contact with Yousef. “Even before that I was transferred to a different district, so I barely had contact with him. I thought it would end very badly, that something would happen to him.”

But then, on August 1, 2008, G. came across a previous article I wrote in Haaretz about Mosab Yousef, the son of the Hamas leader, who had converted to Christianity and moved to the United States. When I wrote that piece, I did not yet know that Yousef had for 10 years been the Shin Bet’s top agent in Hamas. G. e-mailed me to ask how he could contact Yousef, but without revealing that he had been one of his handlers in the Shin Bet. “It is my moral duty to help him in his situation,” he wrote. The next day, G. sent the following e-mail to Mosab Yousef:

“Dear Mosab! (or should I write Dear Joseph? )

It was a great surprise to read Avi’s article about you since it was a long time ago when we last spoke.

Unfortunately I couldn’t be in touch with you in order not to get in trouble with my former employer. I was kicked out of there a few years ago after a serious fight with our friend [Shin Bet coordinator] Hilal (who probably knew how much we both liked him ). As soon as we will talk (hopefully soon ) I will tell you all about it. I’m very worried about you, as I think you made a dangerous step with the article. I’m also worried about your economic and personal situation – don’t let people take advantage of you!!!

I’m thinking what will be the best way to help you … I don’t have much money but I can send you something ASAP so you can have something for the next few weeks … Please tell me what I can do for my young brother. Today I’m a law student in IDC Herzliya (I’ve just finished my second year ). I have two children: a boy named Alon, four years old, and a girl named Ayelet, five and a half months old. By the way my name is not Loai [sic] – it’s G….

Please, please call me if you can, or leave me a phone number I can reach you at. My private cell phone number is …

And again – I guess you have some tough times – let your brother have the honor to help. Yours with love,

G. (Loai )”

On Sunday, August 3, G. received this reply:

“Wow, I can’t believe that I am in touch with you again, you just made my day or maybe my year. I had faith that we would meet one day, you were and still [are] a very good friend and brother. I was wondering where did you go, it was fishy, I had a feeling that something went wrong. What [we shared was] that both of us were free men doing everything based on our beliefs and principles, and this is what the others didn’t have … I have done a great job helping my people and the others, I was willing to die for the truth and the principle and still am …

If the others don’t appreciate what we have done for humanity, we know for sure what we have done, we had power but [also] lots of love and mercy. You trusted me and helped me during the most difficult times. Your care and love made me do miracles. Once the others came along, their evil and suspicion destroyed everything that we built for a long time. God forgive them for what they have done to me … It was a great honor for me to meet you and hopefully we will see each other soon. You can call me anytime on my cell, please don’t give my number to anyone …



‘Collision course’

On the face of it, Loai and Mosab Yousef were destined to be bitter enemies. The reality in which they grew up marked them as anything but friends. Yousef was raised in Bitunya, in the home of one of the founders of the West Bank branch of Hamas. G. is the son of a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces who held a senior position in Central Command.

“We were on a collision course, but today I see him as a friend who taught me many things,” G. says. “I think that in the end it’s due to the education we each received at home. I give credit here to Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who despite his problematic path raised his children with the principles of humanism.

“I asked myself quite a few questions about the sanctity of life, and Mosab talked to me about this,” G. continues. “He told me that his father raised him to believe in that principle, even though in our eyes their society does not sanctify life. My father taught me similar values. At the time, he took part in the famous operation in Karameh [an IDF operation in Karameh, Jordan, in 1968, which became a symbol of resistance for the Palestinians]. On the way back, his driver fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle overturned. All my father’s ribs were broken, and with his last remaining strength he climbed up to the road. An Arab driver stopped and took him to a hospital. So I learned at home that Arabs don’t just ‘eat Jews for breakfast.’

“At the level of simple humanity, I think this is Mosab’s message: that we can and must meet midway. You know, neither side sees the other as human beings any longer, we’re totally consumed with battering one another. I am at an age at which I am thinking about my son’s future. We can fight, carry out preventive operations. But what then? Where does it lead? Mosab says this from the Christian standpoint; I say it from the Jewish point of view. We can and must look at the other side with compassion.

“One time we had a meeting with the regional [Shin Bet] chief at the time, Ofer Dekel, and there was a discussion group about the situation. I, along with a few other coordinators, said that we have to focus our reaction on those responsible for the situation and not punish people randomly – for example, by confiscating work permits. Where is the logic? The terrorists will act with or without work permits, so by confiscating permits from innocent civilians all you are doing is adding people to the circle of hate.”

G. says he was not the classic Shin Bet agent: “I wasn’t an [IDF] officer and I wasn’t a commando. I didn’t know a word of Arabic. I served on a Dabur patrol boat. I remember going with my wife to Majdal Shams [a Druze village in the Golan Heights] – this was before I joined the Shin Bet – and she read me signs in Arabic. It sounded as grating as an electric saw.”

He studied behavioral sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva and was a counselor in the scouts in a disadvantaged neighborhood of the southern city. After the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995, he decided to join the Shin Bet, without really understanding what that entailed.

Discovering a new world

G.: “I passed the tests and did an intensive course in Arabic. Suddenly you discover a new world. You listen to the news in Arabic and you understand, you go to the Old City of Jerusalem and you know what people are saying. In 1998 I started to work in the Ramallah sector. The whole story of the Green Prince was very hot at the time. He had been released from prison a few months earlier and we had started to use him. We didn’t yet know how to digest all this. The scars left by the episodes of Noam Cohen and Haim Nahmani [two Shin Bet coordinators who were murdered in 1993 and 1994 by the agents they were handling] were still fresh, and the Green Prince pretty much matched the description of Abdel Munam Abu Hamad [Cohen’s murderer]. Moreover, the service heard that Mosab was planning to murder his handler.

“I was young, a wimpy type, who was tutored by the coordinator who was the Prince’s handler at the time. Until my first meeting with him I had never actually met anyone who was considered ‘Hamas.’ I thought I was going to meet some hairy, bearded, dangerous monster. And suddenly I see in front of me a wimp, just like me. Maybe even a brazen wimp. If you think in terms of a meeting between a coordinator-handler and a young Palestinian guy – you automatically think there will be a hierarchy. But the Prince was never one to ‘please his masters,’ and that same quality continues to characterize him. He argued, he was very opinionated and he was smart. To some extent, the meeting immediately counterbalanced some of my prejudices, which I harbored even though I came from a left-wing milieu. (I voted Meretz before entering the service. )

“The experiences I underwent over the years, particularly after the outbreak of the second intifada, made me become more right-wing and even something of a racist. Maybe it was out of a desire to cope with many harsh things that we saw and did. Even before Operation Defensive Shield [April 2002, in the West Bank] we started to lose the ‘inner boundary’ between the prohibited and the permissible. The boundary grew blurred because we could not ignore what was happening all around. On that plane, Mosab held a mirror up to my face. For me as a coordinator, and later in charge of coordinators, it was none other than the enemy, the representative of Hamas, Mosab, who came to represent morality.

“Remember that even before the intifada we had, from our point of view, ‘good’ Arabs, namely Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, and ‘bad’ Arabs – namely Hamas. He was the very embodiment of evil: the son of the Hamas leader in the West Bank. Yet he was the one who made me think and say to myself, ‘Hold on, maybe we were wrong.’ In what he said and what he did, he actually maneuvered us in the good sense. He gave us the option to cope with problematic surroundings and a brutal reality without our having to achieve an ‘orgasm’: targeted assassinations. Because that’s how it was: Just as every pilot wants to chalk up an ‘X’ for downing a plane, many of us wanted to carry out targeted assassinations. And he was actually the one who told us that we could arrest people, not just kill them.”

G. can understand why the Palestinians consider Mosab Yousef a collaborator. “But they did not internalize the fact of how many Palestinians he saved from death. He prevented bloodshed. Take, for example, the Hamas man Falah Nida, the imam of Ali Mosque in El Bireh [near Ramallah]. In that mosque we found Qassams in the West Bank for the first time and the imam hid those who developed the rockets. The suicide bomber from the Cafe Moment attack in Jerusalem in 2000 stayed with the imam, who had hands-on involvement in hostile terrorist activity and probably would not have survived the intifada had it not been for Mosab.

“The Prince gave us an intelligence picture of the people who assisted [the imam], so that we could arrest him. He was arrested, of course, and since then even released from custody. The Prince’s savvy in the field, the interrelated connections he created – there’s no substitute for this. It’s an asset. No one was able to give us those things the way he did. You know, we hardly knew what Hamas was. It took a long time to understand who’s against who and what’s going on there.

“Mosab never tried to use his strength to settle accounts, as he could have. For example, he had an uncle he hated, but he did not incriminate or otherwise hurt him. We can learn a lot from that kind of restraint. The information he gave us made it possible to ask questions about the effectiveness of the targeted assassinations. Today I will be branded a leftist – but really, think about it: When Fathi Shkaki, leader of Islamic Jihad, was assassinated, it was said to be a mortal blow to the Jihad. But we have to ask now: What good did it do Israel?

“It’s a mistake to think that everyone who threatens us has to be eliminated. I learned the power of not liquidating people – and I learned it from Mosab. From arguments with him, from long conversations into the night. I come from the center of the Israeli political map and consider myself a moral person. But he of all people, a ‘representative’ of the suicide bombers, always showed us the humane point of view. Don’t get me wrong: There are cases in which it’s justified to kill terrorists, if they constitute a danger, but we shouldn’t let it become an ‘addiction.'”

Is it true, as Mosab writes in his book, that there were five suicide bombers that Israeli security forces wanted to liquidate, but were spared after he objected?

“It’s true. He was able to persuade us not to assassinate them. He was an asset and as such was also aware of himself, of the influence he had over us. He had a say. To the credit of the Shin Bet, it has to be said that there was a dialogue here. It wasn’t one-sided, from us alone. And we are talking about the most turbulent period, when blood ran freely. There were a few terrorist attacks in which many children were killed, after which I personally felt like going into Ramallah with an M-16 and spraying the place with bullets. The political echelon also went haywire. And Mosab, of all people, was the sane voice. You may be surprised to hear this, but we had Palestinian sources whose opinions are farther to the right than [the late rabbi Meir] Kahane. Not him. He did not go to extremes. He is crazy, but in the good sense of the word.”

Did you believe every word he said?

“The trust relationships that developed over time were very important. But we checked every piece of information he gave us, out of professional considerations. I was not afraid of him and at the personal level I knew I could rely on him. And yes, sometimes that’s enough to implement an operation. I remember that on the eve of Remembrance Day in 2002 he told me that two Hamas leaders – Jamal Tawil and Faiz Warda – were in a certain house in Bitunya. The army asked, ‘What are the odds that we’re not being set up?’ There is a thin, fragile line of trust that can crack at any moment. There are warning signs, yes, but sometimes you take the risk. Strike while the iron is hot.”

Two equals

After their e-mail exchange in 2008, the next stage in the extraordinary relationship between agent and handler was a reunion when, during a visit to the United States, G. flew to California

“I didn’t arrange for him to pick me up, I only let him know when I would be arriving,” G. relates. “It’s night. I emerge from the long corridor in the airport and suddenly I see him in front of me. It was a very moving moment. Two people in an emotional encounter. We embraced and couldn’t stop laughing over the totally unimaginable situation. It was hallucinatory to meet him outside the familiar framework, without guards, without fear. Two equal people. We hung out together for a few days, ate in restaurants and talked nonstop.

“Obviously it was no trivial thing for us to be in touch, even though today I see it as more natural. I knew he was alone, and one of the things that guided me then, and now, is my responsibility for him. The guy was always with us. Yet cut off, alone. I was almost the only person who really knew him. After all, he hid what he was doing from everyone, including friends and family. He knew he could talk to me about the loneliness, the difficulties, the feeling of having been exploited by people around him. But in California the problematic character of the connection between us was also clear to both of us. It was truly a jolting experience to meet him again.”

Does the State of Israel owe him a debt?

“I feel regret and disappointment vis-a-vis the State of Israel, which is not doing anything for him. After the articles that were published, the stories, no one, not one politician asked what we actually did for him. I thought that someone from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee would ask: Why is he a castaway there? Mosab’s central motivation was and remains humanitarian. It’s true that this was not the only motivation, but it was the central one. He thought it was important to save people, to avoid killing. And then you get all kinds of people who are trying to put him down. Like [former deputy head of the Shin Bet and now Kadima MK] Gideon Ezra, who was not even in the Shin Bet when the Prince was working, but tells Army Radio that his story as published sounds exaggerated to him. How does he know?

“I read Mosab’s book and also the Haaretz Magazine article, and I tell you: He did exaggerate. He exaggerated in being sparing in his descriptions of how many things he prevented and how many people he saved. Imagine what would have happened if he had not brought us the information about the terrorist who planned to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – the whole picture here would have changed in the wake of that assassination.

“Nowadays every police informant who used to buy drugs gets assistance. So why not him? He is paying a steep price for what he did. He denied himself many things during all those years. You are talking about a person whose life came to a stop the moment he was arrested at the age of 17 and a half. He became a loner, unable to share his feelings with anyone. Including his parents. Young Israelis serve in the army and then go on the big backpacking trip, but he kept dealing with fateful questions for Israel.

“I think that in most of the cases I was familiar with, the reasons for collaboration were loftier than what we tend to think. At the start of my work in the Shin Bet, I thought these were people who didn’t care … Suddenly you discover people who are doing it to save lives, who don’t want a terrorist Islam. Mosab was not alone – he was simply at the tip of Hamas and paid a very high price: His father ostracized him. What Sheikh Hassan Yousef has to ask himself after doing that is whether his son followed the path on which he guided him to embark. It is not by chance that Sheikh Yousef did not under his own auspices produce suicide bombers. He should ask himself why.

“There is a clear case here of a son’s love for his father, though many psychologists would say that he is kicking his father. But he is fighting for his father’s life. It’s not even relevant whether his father was targeted for assassination, but Mosab believed his father was in danger. Let everyone ask himself: What would I be prepared to do in order to save my father from death? And let Sheikh Hassan ask himself why his son did what he did. He did not betray him – he protected him.

“Mosab paid and continues to pay a steep price, and I would expect the Israeli and Palestinian public to listen to him. He stood by us for long years, and the least we can do today is to stand by him.”

Maybe you can explain what his motive was.

“I handled no few agents who had ideological motives, who did not want to see more killings. Many were critical of Israel and Mosab is no Zionist. From his point of view, the War of Independence was the Nakba [or “The Catastrophe,” the Palestinians’ term for what happened to them after 1948]. I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors. Our outlooks are not identical, but dialogue is possible even with a [basic set] of disagreements. I remember my meeting with him on the day of the [2003] terrorist attacks on Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem and at Tzrifin [army base]. I met in the field together with the Prince and remember how shocked he was. You know, with us, when people are killed – in a traffic accident, say – and then it turns out that they are Arabs, everyone immediately sighs with relief and says, ‘What luck.’ Not with him: He wanted to prevent killing on both sides.

“He loved the action and loved being a kind of James Bond. But when it comes to the big issue of motive, every intelligence organization asks itself that question, and there is no specific, clear answer. It’s a complex, situation-dependent constellation. I can say with certainty: Mosab did not do it for the money. He received money, yes, but without going into details they were laughable amounts which it’s best not to talk about.”

Making things happen

Do you admire Mosab Yousef?

“I definitely admire the road he took, his decision to go all the way. He did not make do with sitting at home and clucking his tongue; that would not make things happen. He has a genuine intention to make things happen. If you were to hear him talking about his desire for change, you would think he’s crazy. But I believe he has the ability to change and together we can try to forge a dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.”

What did he know about you when you were his handler?

“He did not know my name or any other personal details. It’s possible that when my daughter was born, or when I got married, I told him. He knew I was called Captain Loai and knew very well that this was not my real name.”

Did you get used to lying as part of your Shin Bet work? Does that affect your personal life?

“What you’re taught time and again is to use the power of manipulation only in one direction and not against people around you. Obviously, it happens that everyone does it to everyone, but the Shin Bet definitely tries to get you to understand that there is a distinction between lying for intelligence purposes and lying to friends and [people in] your immediate surroundings. I think the service deals with this problem perfectly well. It’s not a deceitful organization; it treats people with respect.”

Its sources, too?

G. smiles in embarrassment. “You are sending me into a mine field. Obviously, there are all kinds of people. A certain degree of racist jokes and disrespect trickled into all of us. Like with everyone. The Shin Bet is a snapshot of the people of Israel, but only of the good guys there.”

Why are you giving this interview? Are you settling accounts with the Shin Bet for ousting you?

“I don’t think that what I am saying is problematic. The Shin Bet is my home; so it was and so it remains. The decision to remove me from the service was made by [current chief] Yuval Diskin. It grieves me, but maybe he was right. When I was a young coordinator, Diskin was my district head, an admired one. And afterward too, as deputy head of the Shin Bet, he did amazing things. To this day I think he is an admired person.”

Are you trying to atone for something? Did you also exploit Mosab Yousef?

“I don’t feel that way. I ask myself those very questions, but it’s not like that. On the macro level, I don’t think we need to have a sense of guilt toward the Palestinians for 1948 or 1967. My grandparents on both sides were persecuted by the Nazis, and I do not feel a sense of guilt for having the right to live here. We are in a war for our existence and need to utilize sources. I did what’s expected of someone who wants to protect his dear ones and prevent them from being killed by a suicide bomber. My connection with Mosab does not derive from guilt feelings, but from a sense of responsibility: We must not throw him to the dogs. These agents must not be used like lemons – squeezed out and then thrown away.

“When I went to visit him, I didn’t have a plan for what we would do. I wanted to see that he was all right and maybe even find someone to help him. Last December, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We went to New York and he was there. It was important for me to have my wife meet him, after all the stories. And it was important for me to have him meet her.

“On Christmas Eve we went to a restaurant in Times Square. Afterward we saw an off-Broadway show. At the end the lead actor disrobes, and we laughed at the idea of staging the play in Ramallah – about how the audience there would react. There was no longer any drama between us; it was precisely the disappearance of the drama that was meaningful. It was almost a regular meeting between two people, two friends. Normal. Period.”

  1. This is just amazing and encouraging and gives hope for the future. I don’t know what else to comment for the moment.
    Thank you guys for what you did and I hope there will be more friends around Mosab to help him!!
    Blessings from Germany!!!

    • This is the kind of Love our Lord Jesus Christ needs us to have for one another to bring His Kingdom to this place~!!! True friendship rooted and grounded in love and respect is the one to protect and nurture. God Bless your friend G!

  2. Simply awesome, Mosab! There is definitely hope for the salvation of Israel and Palestine! When two from each side can love each other as brothers, it is an awesome testimony of what God’s love can do! In my opinion, your work and sacrifice will result in more things to come throughout the Middle East, as my heart has cried and been grieved for quite some time for the people there. Keep up the good work, you are a special vessel called for a special work for God. We love you, Mosab!

  3. Joseph (I know that is what you are called at church) this is an inspiring and wonderful article about the power of God in the life of one who trusts Him. Many will come into God’s Kingdom because of your obedience! I am happy to just know your name, and I can’t wait to meet you in heaven! Blessings Joseph…..

  4. That’s awesome, Mosab! God bless you and “Loai”! Those who follow truth and goodness in life, follow God!
    It is a beautiful thing for me to hear that there are people of your calibre still in this ever-darkening world.
    May the ever-shining Light that is Christ, keep transforming lives wherever there are souls crying out for life, and light, beauty, and justice!
    May people learn from your example, and check out the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for themselves!
    If anyone reading this is thinking of doing so, please do it. Don’t let yourself be distracted, and please don’t put it off.
    Mosab, may many come to Christ through your faithful witness.
    The Lord be with you always, dear brother, Amen.

  5. Wow!

    What an incredible account of two people who by the world’s standards should not be friends. Mosab how blessed you are to have had an earthly father who showed the best of his humanity to his own children even in the most difficult of circumstances.

    If every little boy had this, I believe we would have more young men who would make better decision for themselves against the crowd and mob mentality.
    And G.(or Loai)– It warms my heart that you have come forward to support Mosab and tell the truth. It just confirms to me that whoever says miracles aren’t for today, don’t know what they are talking about.

    Your lives and your stories are modern-day miracles… orchestrated just for this hour in the end time.
    I can see God’s hand in every detail of your lives for His Glory.

    One of my favorite quotes in this article is when Mosab said, “Your care and love made me do miracles”

    It is humanity at its best which makes the Heavenly Father smile.
    Before the foundations of the world it was his plan to bring you two together for HIS Glory.

    Thank you both for giving us “Hope” that it is always possible to do the “Will of the Father” in this journey of darkness and light on the Earth.

    Who knows how many lives you two are still saving together even today..Only God knows.

  6. Mosab: What a great accounting. I pictured in my mind what your reunion must have been like in San Diego. I hope you have many more friends around you here in California who you can trust. God is certainly watching over you and knows your suffering as well being apart from your earthly family and not being able to go home.

    I miss seeing your posts on Facebook, although I must say some of the responses disturbed me and I feared for your safety. So I can quite understand why you would no longer use Facebook.

    Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ. I will see you in the ‘New Jerusalem.’


  7. Dear Mosab
    Thank you for also sharing this great testemony! I keep praying for you and all your family – God may add another miracle to your life and bring also your beloved family to Christ. Thank you also for staying faithful in all these difficult circumstances in your life. God bless you richly and keep you safe in His overwhelmig love.
    With warmest regards from Switzerland, Karin
    PS: a pity, that your account is no longer in facebook…

  8. Good article. Dunno how this interview risks “G’s” life since he is nameless and the photo on the haaretz website has his face blurred. But that’s OK. An off-Broadway play where the main character disrobes? Say it ain’t so!! This reminds me of a time when I visited a scenic beach, alone; a car pulled up and a man who looked Middle Eastern, or Pakistani, got out and said, “Is this the nude beach?” In college, I seemed to notice that when Muslim (if he was Middle Eastern, I presumed he was Muslim) people come to the USA for school, they leave sharia law back home and go looking for the nudity. Just my prejudice, but the bit about the two men’s trip to the play reminded me of it–even though it was a play, not a beach and I should not read so much into it.

    It is good to know G and Mosab and sticking up for each other.

  9. Mosab, I would love to meet you! Im a Jew living in Brooklyn! I admire, respect and am totally humbled by you!

  10. Thanks for sharing this information with me.

  11. Dear Mosab,
    I have just finished reading your book. It will be a treasured part of my library, because you have paid a heavy price to publish it. You were already paying a heavy price. You have also helped me to deepen my understanding of the conflict in the Middle East. I appreciated your candor regarding the way that you were treated at the hands of the Israelis at times. At the same time, you gave me great insight into the way that the Palestinians have been treated by their own leaders (other than your father and other gentle souls like him). You have helped me to understand better how I can pray for your people.

    Thank you for posting this article about “Loai,” too. I finished your book hoping that you would be able to continue your friendship. I am glad that you have been able to do so. I am a complete stranger to you and him, but I think that I am speaking for many when I ask that you convey our sincerest thanks to him for his service, both to the Middle East and to you. His greatness of heart and obvious good spirit deserve recognition.

    As for your heartbreak, I can only pray that God heals the ties between you and your family.

    I look forward to the day when we can speak, brother, whether on Earth or in Heaven.

  12. Mosab,
    May you and G/Loai become brothers in Christ — Palestinian & Jew, former Hamas & former Shin Bet. What an encouragement, what a light to millions of people of all faiths and nationalities that would be. You love each other so much. That is so special. Stay close to Jesus, and your light will show the way to your beloved friend. Perhaps there will be a second book by the two of you together.
    So proud of you!!! Praying for you!!!

  13. Hello Mosab, G said his meeting with you”exceeds rational decision” that sounds like something God would do. I am so glad you found your brother again. I wish the both of you luck in staying in touch and I pray for the both of you.

    May God continue to bless you Mosab. Thank you for answering the call of God.

    Matthew 25:40
    And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

  14. Mosab Hassan Yousef,
    I keep praying for you and I always believe that G-D has a great plan for you, your life, your family, and your future.
    Roman 1:16-17 for you.

  15. Hi Mosab
    Are you the one personally running this page? If so you don’t have to approve this comment just erase. If you are not Mosab, can you give us some backgound on yourself?
    There are a lot of Mosab pages out there and I just wanted to know.
    Take care

    • It’s all in the book, “Son of Hamas,” Gladys, available in hardback and audiobook on Amazon.US and also in paperback via Amazon.UK. And there are articles, reviews and videos on this website and updates on the blog.

      Ron Brackin

      • Hi Ron Thank you, I have already read the book. I just wanted to know if Mosab was personally running this blog, but you have answered my question.

        A big thank you to all of you supporting brother Mosab. May God continue to bless all of you.

      • Hi Ron, I just read about Mosabs up coming hearing for Political asylum. Is there anything we as oridnary people can do for Mosab? Please let me know. Thank you for keeping us updated.

        PS: If you speak to Mosab, tell him we are all praying for him and let him know that we care for him.

        Psalm 31:24
        Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

  16. Wow inspiring I will share this book with many people in my ministry

  17. I just finished your book, and I feel so honored to have read it. I really can’t even describe in words how I feel about you, your family, your people, Isreal, and her people. What an amazing life expierence you have faced, and what an amazing foundation you have built and working on everyday to be closer to the one true God. You are truly an inspiration to me, and truly, TRULY hope God is not finished with you and will someday bring you and your family back together again. May God Bless you and keep you. Amen.

  18. It is so interesting to me how God directs our path, but we can not see it sometimes. Sometimes we are left wondering where God is in certain situations.

    I am sure that when you where in prison and getting beaten you wondered where God was and how all of the events in your life where ever going to lead to anything positive.

    My brother you are a fine example to me and I have never gone through anything that comes close to what you have been through. You are an example of how God works through us and even when sitiations are difficult he asks us to have faith in him for he will direct our path.

    Psalm 119:105
    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

  19. Being from the Midwest and not religious I can finally understand what the struggle in the Middle East is about. I’ve always thought there had to be a middle ground for everyone involved and there is. But you and G. have it right and people on all sides need to read your book and understand all that you have said here. Two people working for the better good of all with the understanding that the Koran the Bible are books that were written by men and men have motives and flaws, so many flaws. The goodness is in each of us and we need to use that goodness and understanding to keep the world in check because the evil of hatred and revenge is preached too too much. Both of you are hero’s and men with a magnificent sense of what has always been man’s weakest trait that being “the willingness of understanding his fellow man”.
    I applaud both of you, your work has just begun.

  20. Thank you all for your inspiring words. Coming back from my journy to California the future is still not clear for me. Our next fight will be as posted in the blog on June 30th. Please prey for Mosa’ab.

  21. If I had a quarter for every time I came here… Amazing writing!

  22. You’ve done it once more. Amazing read!

  23. By reading your book, I realized how much love you have for your dad. Right now, I think of how, “He first loved us” and gave Himself for us on Golgotha’s lonely, brutal cross. We don’t suffer like He did but you went on a lonely trip with Him alone, in order to save the lost people who were filled with hate for the true God… just like me, even though I didn’t know it. I love the people of Israel, but now I have begun to love Arabs, the ones who are consumed by generational hate inspired by the Jews’ rejection of Mohammad in the desert so long ago. Peace, my brother! We are praying for you.

  24. Mosab

    God will continue to use you and G. to point to God’s Love in a fallen world.
    We all must share “The Truth” now, no matter the cost.
    Thanks for inspiring us all.
    G. your trip to CA will be one of Peace And God’s Glory!
    “Calling upon God to do great and mighty things”…
    Jeremiah 33:3

  25. What a testimony! I am overwhelmed with joy. To see the light break through the darkness is beautiful. There is neither Jew nor Greek bond nor slave, but all are one in Christ Jesus! How exciting to see scripture fulfilled in this life. I will stand with in you in prayer as you approach your court date. To God be the glory! Remember you have loved ones here in Texas!

  26. Mosab, What an inspiration you are to everyone who has read your pages & felt your pain. May GOD heal all of your broken heartaches and take away any pain you might still be feeling in your soul.What you have done in your life reads like a modern day version of some of the persecutipn that we read in the bible . I pray everyday that the good LORD brings you peace with your family I will also be praying for you on June 30th . If ever you are in New York I would love for you to attend our church service just to show you the love that we have for you at our church. I am a married father of 2 boys who I pray will grow up to have one tenth of the love, devotion & dedication that you have. If ever you need a brother in NYC please call. May GOD’S eternal light always shine upon you.

  27. Please sign this petition for Mosab by June 15 at midnight!!! Pass along the link to others. Thanks!

  28. כל כך מרגש. באמת באמת אתם עשיתם משהו מדהים. כל הכבוד לכם. יש תקווה. אתם דוגמה לכולנו. תודה.

  29. hello Mosab I jst saw at Mielino program your testimony
    god bless you and give you strenght and guide your life and protect your life
    be bould for jesus

  30. […] agency, Shin Bet, also known as Israel Security Agency (ISA), for about four years. His Shin Bet “handler” vouches for the work he did to protect […]

  31. Today I finished to read your book, Mosab, and I went straight to the blog and continued to read. It is amazing how God is at work. You’re one of God’s special “ground agents”. If God has planned a kind of “people-meeting-people-point”, I would like to meet you there and some other men and women as well. Eli Wiesel said: “Eternity is the place where questions and answers become one.” So there won’t be any questions to ask !?? Eternity will surely and finally enable us to worship our Saviour suitably.
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Philemon 1:25

  32. Much of the comments here I completely identify with. Your story doen’t leave anyone unmoved, but of course it affects different individuals differently.

    As an Israely, I am most thankfull for the simple fact that you may have saved my life from a suicide attack you prevented. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Other scense you descrided were also familiar to me. Once, as a soldier, I took part in a search of a house with a big Hamas flag on the wall. Once I guarded a large base when a palestinian child came up and said he saw bread being thoughn in the garbage near by and he asked for it. Once I was part of a rode block that created a huge trafic jam. I didn’t know in what eyse to look at the frustrated drivers. Luckily, I was not in “the terratories” that long and the time was quite. I left just before the second Intifada. In my reserve duty I guarded in reserve Duty in the Ofer prison and saw the bred messages flying. I saw a guy undergo a simple medical checkup, later to find out he had blod on his hands. In any case I can visualize part of the scense you describe more than others.

    I come from a religiouse family. I belive this gave some clue as to the moral power of a religious leader. A power which is boyed logic. you are not supposed to feel you are on the same level of the leader. simple logic is not the commen ground. tradition is. I do believe religious leadrs should have the power to shape reality rather than obey it rules to this situation is not somthing I object. I can also try to imagine the soothing reality radiating from traditional chants.

    But, the question is who the religious leader is. I tried to compare the more extreme Jewish religiouse leaders I knew to the Hamas religiouse leaders I could imagine. Both depend on a religious event so resolve issues and are essentially non-pragmatic.

    After the Flotilla incident I was quite distressed by the international news coverage. Basic facts where missing and distorted. But this made more more involved in the subject, which was very good since I started fiding amazing people to did hold thruth and justice at high regard – a found Brigit Gabriel. She brought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart. This was the kind of powerful human being I wanted to hear and support.

    Last friday, I was looking for a book by her but, didn’t find it so bought yours. It looked like it dealt with a similar subject. I read the back cover but didn’t really belive it, but the store didn’t much of a range of books and I wanted somthing for the weekend. Later I was a little embaraced when I found out I missed all press releases relating to you months before. So I “met you on a shelf”, not on the news.

    One day in my guard post at Ofer I tried to concentrate on “hearing the birds” (I occasionally tried different concentration games to pass the time). After a while a friend pased below my post and said: “you know, you have quite a quantity of birds around your post”.

    So maybe the birds knew I was listening so they came. Maybe I “decided” to listen to them because they were already there or finnaly, maybe my listening and the number of birds was a coincidence. I will never know.

    But I do know, that it was the Floitla and its distorted coverage that made me try to listen to birds: currages voices of truth. I’m glad to have met both you and Brigit Gabriel!

    So again Thank you for:
    * Maybe physically saving my life.
    * A moral role model you are to me.
    * Voicing truth.
    * Shaking up the American Beruacricy a little.
    * A few really good action scenes (too bad they were not fiction)

    Tell me if I can help in anything… now what I do best is writing math activities and inventing games. By the way I was once asked to write a political math unit by some American organization. Something like “A palestinie plated five trees ….”. it sounded like quite a ridicules program…

    In any case, thank you one more time and GOOD LUCK. hope you don’t have to deal to much with utter stupidity (from the homeland security). At least Evil can be opposed wereas it seems that it might be difficult to relate to utter STUPIDITY whithout feel stuped yourself.

    Best Regards,
    Zvi shalem

  33. Joseph,

    My husband and I think it’s a blessing that you went above and beyond to save your people and the Jews. You may not feel very fortunate right now but when you get to heaven you will have many crowns. You put your life on the line and not many people would have done that. I can’t begin to understand the lonliness and depression you might be feeling but Jesus knows. We will continue to lift you up in prayer. My husband is a HUGE prayer warrior so please let us know what your prayer requests are so we know how to pray. Please also let us know how we can support you as you begin your new life in the United States.

  34. What an awesome man of God you are. I pray God’s protection upon you and DHS should drop their head in shame to be putting you through all this. I read your book and it is unbelievable what you went through to save lives. Your life is absolutely a shinning light in this dark world. Truth will stand forever.

  35. I’ve followed your story since I first heard of it on a Fox news special. I am a Christian and have many muslim friends. My heart is heavy for them, and I pray each day for a conversion such as yours.
    I’m praying for you and your hearing tomorrow. You are a blessing to so many thousands, and I know God hears our prayers. Be brave and strong Joseph. Your rewards will be many.

  36. Good luck man. I hope that this fucking stupid government we find ourselves in can find their own heads and realize the obvious. My support is fully to you and your goals. I honestly don’t know who is worse. The militants here and everywhere else? Or is it the red tape government types calling the shots? I don’t understand why two sides cannot come together and if not settle differences at least let the world know why they are fighting each other since the world is doing all the fighting for them.

    Sincerely my best of luck to you for standing up for what you think is right. Not a lot of people do that anymore.

    Dude from Fargo, North Dakota

  37. Dear Mosab\Yousef\josef\Green prince\Son of Hamas…
    I have just finished reading your first book ‘Son of hamas’ in the Hebrew translation, for the 2nd time in a row!! Kaptan ‘Loai’-G, has written an afterwards for the Hebrew translation. He wrote that when he finished reading your book, he burst out in tears. So did I.
    Your morality is inspirational! Thank you!
    I never thouhgt I would agree with the right-winged Knesset member (the Israeli parliament) Zahi Hanegbi on anything (I am a leftist…) but when he wrote you a thank you letter, I praised him. So, guess what? You did it, Son! You can smile again now…

    I wish you and your Dad and G, all the best in the world. I hope you will find peace in your lives. You deserve that – and a lot more!!!

    Michal, Israel.

  38. a most inspiring account

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