Taking down the Hamas regime is a necessity, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef told Channel Two on Friday night.
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Ramallah-born Yousef spent his early years as a Hamas activist and went through more than a few stints in Israeli prison. But for ten years, Yousef was “the Green Prince,” a code name given to him by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), with whom he worked to prevent dozens of terrorist attacks during the second intifada, saving hundreds of Israeli lives.
In an interview with Channel Two from the US, where he now lives, Yousef addressed the recent Operation Pillar of Defense. "I believe that the Shabak (Israel Security Agency) did everything in their ability."
"Let's not forget that our enemy is a barbarian enemy and they are using women and children as shelter, and in situations like this we (Israel) are very limited, because we care about our citizens," he added.
He said Israel must work very hard to take down the Hamas regime, which he described as a "necessity... not for the sake of Israel only, but for the sake of humanity."
Melanie Lidman contributed to this report