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March 4th, 2010
09:41 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.

Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

Religion continued to play the main role in the discussions Amanpour viewers shared regarding the interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of Hamas who claimed he became a spy for Israel's domestic security service. Raw emotions were exchanged among viewers that clearly favored one side or the other. Furthermore, although peace was mentioned a few times as the desired outcome, pride for the religion these viewers practiced came first according to their commentary.

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Ehud Barack will not (cannot) say anything about the assassination, but you can bet this story is unfolding exactly as the Israelis planned and wanted.
After all, they sent an entire platoon to Dubai–27 people–to take out one guy. And supposedly left fingerprints in the hotel room? Come on. These guys were pros. The only reason there were fingerprints is because they wanted to leave them.
They were not only eliminating an arms supplier to terrorists, they were sending a message to their enemies: "We can, and will, send an entire platoon anywhere in the world to strike you down. You're not safe anywhere on the planet."
S. Eagan
Norwalk, CT


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Tom's Take

March 4th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

On AMANPOUR. today, we focus on the U.N. nuclear agency’s meeting in Vienna and Iran’s nuclear program.  A recent IAEA report stated that Iran may now be trying to build a nuclear warhead and on Wednesday, the U.S. envoy to the IAEA Glyn Davies said Iran has been playing a "cat and mouse" game with the U.N. body.  Iran is pushing back – accusing the IAEA of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report singling out Yukiya Amano, the new head of the IAEA, for undermining the Iran’s cooperation.  Will this meeting bolster the case among U.N. Security Council members who support further, deeper sanctions against Iran and bring China and Russia onboard? We’ll find out. Iran is not the only story in the news today. Here are some perspectives.

– Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN – Are new international sanctions against Iran inevitable?

–         New York Times reporting U.S. circulating new draft proposal for sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program

–         U.S. plan for new sanctions running into opposition not just from China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, but also other key countries such as Brazil and Turkey

–         Iran’s envoy to the IAEA in Vienna is warning that Tehran may withdraw its counteroffer on the supply of nuclear fuel if there are any developments which “might disturb the climate of cooperation” as he puts it

QUESTION:  Are hopes of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran receding?


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Hamas official slams spy-claim book

March 4th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Watch the complete interview with Mosab Yousef on our podcast.

Watch the complete interview with Mosab Yousef on our podcast.

(CNN) - A top official in the Palestinian militant group Hamas lashed out at the son of a Hamas founding member who says in a new book he was an Israeli spy for a decade.

"The Israelis issued this book as a kind of propaganda. When you say that he was working for his enemies, it means that he lies for his own people, and we expect that there are big lies in this book," Osama Hamdan told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview from Damascus, Syria.

"He's a big liar. He lost his faith. He lost his moralities. And he's working for the enemies who are killing his own people, who are arresting his father, and who are occupying his country," Hamdan declared Wednesday.

In his book, Mosab Hassan Yousef says he gathered information about Hamas terrorist plots and fed them to Israel's domestic security service Shin Bet, and thereby saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives.

Yousef, in an interview with 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."

Watch the full interview here

He wrote a book, "Son of Hamas," 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.

A journalist specializing in intelligence matters on the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, said he believes Yousef's story, even though some people say he is exaggerating his role.

"I know that his story is, generally speaking, accurate, (but he) may be slightly over inflating his own role and its importance," Melman told Amanpour.


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