Son of Hamas founder exposed as top Israeli spy
Published 25/02/2010 | 05:00
The son of one of the founders of the Hamas militant group was exposed yesterday as a top Israeli informant who had helped prevent dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks.
Mosab Hassan Yousef, codenamed "the Green Prince", was one of the Shin Bet security service's most valuable sources, Israel's 'Haaretz' newspaper said. His reports led to the arrests of several high-ranking Palestinian figures during the violent uprising that began in 2000.
Yousef's father, Sheik Hassan Yousef, was a founding member of the Islamic group Hamas in the 1980s.
Yousef, whose memoir, 'Son of Hamas' is being published next week, told the paper that Shin Bet agents first approached him in 1996 and proposed he infiltrate the upper echelons of Hamas.
He did so successfully and is credited by Israel with saving hundreds of Israeli lives.