July 8, 2010, - 4:42 pm

Meet “Son of HAMAS'” Pro-Obama Israeli Handler

By Debbie Schlussel

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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19 Responses

You blew it right OPEN! Congratulations! He’s another whore.

I would add that some of our troops “claim” to be SEALS. It’s a great pick up line in a bar, but the truth is there are only 200, and these guys don’t hang out in bars.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on July 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

A leftist Israeli Jew claims to work for the Shin Bet? Maybe but he wasn’t speaking for the Israeli government. And if he was really in the Shin Bet, he wouldn’t have risked his life to come forth for his charge. Spy missions are supposed to be classified operations and there is NO evidence the Israeli government cleared Gonen ben Yitzhak to speak for it.

Its a case based on attractive assumptions, coincidences and whatever you would like to believe is true. The truth is just as disturbing about ben Yitzhak as it is about Mosab Hassan Youssef and his ghost-writer Ron Brackin.

Don’t look for this side of the story to appear in the mass media any time soon.

NormanF on July 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Utterly devastating.

skzion on July 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Another great one. Thank you.

Naomi Litvin on July 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm

The Shin Bet has always been leftist. Yes they protect Israel but they have always favored land giveaways to the terrorists. I have friends in Israel whom the Shin Bet has harassed for no reason simply because they believed and practiced authentic Judaism.

That having been said, several years ago a dose of revenge was achieved. The identity of the head of the Shin Bet is supposed to be secret. However when a new head of the Shin Bet was selected he started receiving congratulation letters at his residence. How was this possible given the secrecy of the identity of the head of Mossad?

The answer is that mysteriously his identity and address was posted on the internet.

This is a true story. For obvious reasons I am not telling how I know about this.

I_AM_ME on July 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Shabak (Shin Bet) and Mossad are two different organizations. So apparently whatever you claim to know, it ain’t much.

    katsa on July 21, 2010 at 5:34 am

Surprised… But I still need to compare the contribution and some of the other views of “son of hamas”. If he did help avoid deadly attacks, we should thank him for sure.

milandroid on July 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

Here is the problem with what you write, Debbie.

You have thus far not PROVEN that Mosab Hassan Yousef is a fraud. You have not quoted anti-Israel things he himself has said. In fact, he has gone on TV and defended Israel and the USA. Moreover, just because a handler of his is or may be a leftist does not prove Mosab Hassan Yousef is a fraud. You have not even proven that his handler, Ben Yitzchak, is a leftist. He is a member of some Facebook groups. Okay. You have no idea why he (who is not even Yousef!) joined those groups, or his level of involvement in those groups. And from this you jump to the CONCLUSION that Yousef is a fraud?

This is beyond guilt-by-association, and delves into the realm of the absurd.

If you can actually salvage a single statement made by Yousef himself that implicates he is a fake, then please present it. Otherwise, the evidence points the other way. Yousef really is the son of a Hamas mass-murderer, and he really has defended Israel and the USA numerous times, and publicly. He also really did convert to Evangelical Christianity.

All this is alone enough for him to be honour killed, should he return to Gaza. This is the bottom line.

Yes, it is possible (even likely!) that much of the information he supplied to Israel was superfluous and irrelevant, at best. I grant you that. But to say this man is a fraud, and to spread this malicious information about him – when his very life is at stake – should be done judiciously. And you have not been judicious.

At best, all you have shown is reason to question Yousef. But not reason to draw the *conclusion* that he is a fake. I expect better from a trial attorney.

Red Tulips on July 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

@Red Tulips – where did Debbie call him a “fraud” or “fake”, exactly?

David on July 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Just a couple of thoughts:

Having an interest in a facebook page does not mean a person is endorsing that page.

According to Haaretz, a committee working on behalf of the Knesset, sent a letter to Mosab Hassan Yousef thanking him for his efforts.

There really are a few heros still out there.


Jane on July 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I’ve read all his books – “Valley of Hamas”, “Son of Hamas”, “Return of Son of Hamas”, and “Legacy of Son of Son of Hamas”. Cracking good stuff!

Graty Slapchop on July 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm


She said it in her previous post that she linked to. Now I am usually a huge critic of Schlussel, but I say give her the benefit of the doubt this time.

Gerald on July 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm


Be careful. We just don’t know enough about this guy yet. And even if he is sincere, there is a real chance that he could be exploited by people who aren’t. Now I am not a Zionist, but if you are, you could have a very easy time imagining how this guy could be exploited to create real problems for Israel.

Gerald on July 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Never, ever trust a one, ever.

When*Pigs *Fly on July 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm


Has the Israeli government, Mossad, other members of Shin Bet or anyone else who could be considered a reliable source actually confirmed that the “Green Prince” actually worked as an Israeli spy? I can’t believe U.S. granted him an asylum based on an interview with some guy who claims to be a member of Shin Bet without any verification. He may be an ex-Israeli spy, but more than likely he’s a double agent and is working under the direction of his father. Don’t you find it convenient that this guy converted to Christianity only this year as opposed to 3 years ago, when he came to US? His father supposedly disowned him from prison, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was all a stunt to get his son permanently settled in US, so he can provide intelligence from our own back yard.

rmlb2004 on July 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Very interesting video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TNWz8zoA3Q&feature=related

rmlb2004 on July 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I believe there is alot of misinformation on this blog regarding the so called “son of Hamas” who according to news articles and TV reports that aired in Israel recently he did provide alot of help to the Shin Bet in breaking up Hamas organization cells and preventing serious anti-Israeli attacks from being carried on.
It is also important to understand that the Shin Bet just like any other Israeli institutions employs people from the entire political spectrum of society.
The goverment’s belated thank you letter to him was in response to a general outcry in the media for not doing more in Israel to provide him with protection and financial support as compensation for all he has done.
This person’s political views on national issues have no bearing on this story whatsoever.

Raanan Gilboa on July 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Pamela, my friend is an ex-islamist. He says he got proof you might be interested in. You may send me a note and I will provide his contact info.

I love your work, you are sharp and right on.
Blessings from Sweden

LenaGoth on October 31, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I am sooo sorry, I meant Debbie, please forgive me, I am blushing!

LenaGoth on October 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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