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Unprecedented reactions took over social media and email feedback regarding the exclusive interview with Shin Bet, the son of a founder of Hamas who claimed he became a spy for Israel's domestic security service. Confusion, extreme emotions and strong words best describe the feelings portrayed by the Amanpour viewers about Mr. Bet’s beliefs. While some highly commended the interview and applauded “the conviction” Mr. Bet had displayed throughout his life, others stated that he was a ‘lost spirit” and was the “manifestation of evil.” Religion was the main cause of disagreement among most viewers who felt their religion was the “right one” and offered no consideration to those who felt otherwise.
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New York (CNN) - The son of a founder of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, Tuesday told CNN that he was a spy for Israel.
For 10 years, Mosab Yousef said he gathered information about Hamas terrorist plots and fed them to Israel's domestic security service Shin Bet.
Yousef, in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, said he did it because he came to believe that Hamas was practicing "exceptional cruelty" against its members and "killed people for no reason."
He has now written a book, "Son of Hamas" detailing his exploits from his new base in the United States where he has lived since 2007. CNN could not independently confirm his story and Israel has refused to comment.
In the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a former Israeli handler said of Yousef: "One insight of his was worth 1,000 hours of thought by top experts."
Yousef told CNN: "They offered me to work for them. My goal was to be a double agent and attack them from the inside."
But then his views changed.
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