July 8, 2010, - 4:42 pm
Recently I told you about my doubts regarding Mosab Hassan Yousef a/k/a “Son of HAMAS.” He may very well have been a spy for Israel, but he’s also made anti-Israel statements in his book, a book written by the very anti-Israel Ron Brackin (who is doing all of his PR).
Gonen Ben Yitzchak (Left), Alleged Shin Bet Handler of Son of HAMAS (Right)
Obama-Pandering Signs @ Smol Leumi Protest in Israel
In response, several of you have asked me why “the Shin Bet [Israel’s version of the FBI] is vouching” for Yousef. But you assume a lot in asking that question.
First, there is Gonen Ben Itzhak, the man claiming he was Yousef’s Shin Bet handler. On his Facebook profile, along with promoting the Hebrew version of the “Son of HAMAS” book, Itzhak identifies himself as a member of Greenpeace Mediterranean – Israel and Smol Leumi, the Israeli National Left Party. If you like the Black Panthers, you’ll love Smol Leumi, the White Israeli version that hates Israeli settlers as much as Black Panthers hate Whitey. Smol Leumi might as well be a Palestinian group and isn’t what you’d call “tough” on Islamic terrorism. Bill Ayers would like it a lot.
Smol Leumi repeatedly organizes protests against Jewish settlers, and one recent protest featured signs demanding that Barack Obama force Israel to give up land to the Palestinians and expel the settlers, including Jewish residents of Jerusalem. Smol Leumi uses the lingua franca of anti-Israel chic, including using terms like “occupation” to describe Israel and saying, “Zioinists are not settlers.” Think Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War. That’s Smol Leumi. If a proud Smol Leumi member is Yousef’s primary advocate–and it is–that tells me all I need to know about Son of HAMAS. He’s also son of the self-hating Israeli left. No thanks.
And, sadly, many members of the Shin Bet are, in fact, that far left, which should answer your question about the Shin Bet “vouching” for Yousef. Asking me about alleged Shin Bet support for Yousef tells me that you assume that the Shin Bet is an admirable law enforcement agency that protects good assets and doesn’t shield bad parties. However, many Israelis on the right including settlers, the ghost of Yitzhak Rabin (whose assassin the Shin Bet ginned up to murder him), and the ghosts of Israel’s spies in South Lebanon (whom the Shin Bet abandoned in 2000 and sent to their certain murders by Hezbollah) would beg to differ. Shin Bet’s major mission in recent decades has been to infiltrate the Israeli right and settler movement, defame it, and incite violence. What the Palestinians could never do to loyal Israelis, Shin Bet does. Shin Bet attacks on and incitement of Israelis in Amona, Gush Katif, and elsewhere are an embarrassment to the Jewish people and a giant stain on Israel’s reputation.
Next, you assume that Itzhak, the man claiming to have been Yousef’s Shin Bet handler was, in fact, a member of the Shin Bet and that he was, in fact, Yousef’s handler. We know no such thing, and the Israeli government hasn’t confirmed an iota of it. Plus, you’re assuming that, as a former Shin Bet member, Itzhak speaks for Israel and the Shin Bet. Again, there is no proof whatsoever for this.
Part of Israel’s mythology is that there’s a history of many people claiming that they are former Israeli Mossad or Shin Bet, a claim that’s easy to make and not easily verified. It’s sexy to say you were in the Mossad or Shin Bet even if you were not, and one can easily get away with it. A great example is Yuval Aviv a/k/a Juval Aviv, who claimed to be one of the Mossad agents involved in hunting down the Islamic terrorists who perpetrated the 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli. He is the source for the book, “Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team,” by George Jonas, which was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s anti-Israel “Munich” movie. But nobody in the Mossad knew who he was, and it turns out he was just an Israeli airport screener and security guy.
I only know that Gonen Ben Itzhak now works for a security firm which protects rock stars and celebrities. That doesn’t mean anything. He could be the next Yuval Aviv, for all I know.
I don’t know for sure who Gonen Ben Itzhak is, whether he was truly in the Shin Bet, and if so, what his role was. I don’t know if anything he says is true. And I find him to be a sketchy character.
What I do know for sure is that he’s proud to be a member of a political group that seeks to destroy Israel from within. And that he’s “Son of HAMAS'” most vocal supporter.
What does that tell you? You know what they say about, “The company you keep . . . .”
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