Mosab Hassan Yousef, who famously wrote "Son of Hamas" and later wrote and starred in the film of the same title, is the son of Hamas founder and leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef. Yousef betrayed his father and Hamas by spying on their activities for Israeli intelligence during the second intifada, eventually seeking asylum in the U.S. and converting to Christianity - the topics of his book and film.
Interviewed on CNN's Tonight by Don Lemon, Yousef recounted what he learned growing up in and around the ranks of Hamas' leadership. "In the mosques Hamas' taught us that without shedding innocent blood for the sake of the ideology we will not be able to build the Islamic state," Yousef told Lemon.
Yousef told CNN that Hamas's final goal is not just the destruction of the state of Israel, but "Hamas' final destination is building the Islamic caliphate, building an Islamic state on the rubble of all other civilizations." When asked whether or not Israel and Hamas can live side by side in coexistence, Yousef responded, "Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise," but the full destruction of the state of Israel.
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