Son of Hamas, Spy for Israel – "The Green Prince" (From the Vault)

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ONE OF THE GREAT SPY STORIES OF MODERN TIMES
Palestinian & Israeli. Agent & Handler. Mosab & Gonen.
One became involved with Hamas almost as a birthright, his father, after all, was a founder and its spiritual leader; the other was inspired to join Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and had a father in the Israeli Army. They seemed destined for a collision course.
Fate would bring them together, danger would bind them together, but it was loyalty that kept them together. A unique bond was forged between Mosab Hassan Yousef, aka “The Green Prince,” and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, aka “Captain Loai,” that is remarkably rare in agent-handler relationships. “If he could come to Israel – and I know he can’t – he would be like a member of my family,” notes the Israeli, who revealed his true identity to testify on Mosab’s behalf at an immigration hearing in San Diego. Gonen’s children, meanwhile, call the Palestinian “Uncle Yousef.”
Some stories seem too far-fetched to be true. This one is both.
Hopefully you can come to the International Spy Museum one day where we look at their story in one of our exhibits (in the meantime you can also stream the award-winning documentary, The Green Prince). This episode is a blast from the past, our founding Executive Director Peter Earnest was the compère, that lives on.
Recommended pairings:
“Shadow Wars, 2020” – Israel, Iran & America
Dec 8, 2020
“Israeli Intelligence”
Dec 1, 2020

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