Did 'Son of Hamas' Mosab Yousef dupe Christian Zionists?

Monday, May 16, 2011 |  Israel Today Staff

When Mosab Yousef, the son of a prominent Hamas leader, converted to Christianity and wrote a book chronicling his years of clandestine collaboration with Israeli security forces, he became a sensation among pro-Israel Christians in his adoptive homeland of America.

But now, other former Palestinian terrorists-turned-Evangelical Christians are accusing Mosab of duping pro-Israel churches for his own personal profit or, worse, in order to negatively influence their view of the Jewish state.

Mosab's "tale has since been revealed to be a 'long con,' the evidence coming from when he speaks publicly in Arabic," charged Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist who came to faith in Jesus in 1994, and has since been an ardent Christian Zionist.

In an op-ed published online earlier this month, Shoebat further explained that "Mosab did not convert to what the West would recognize as Christianity, but to a fiery, Palestinian brand of the faith that is vehemently anti-Israel."

Indeed, there is a growing trend among Evangelical Christians, both Palestinian and Western, to adopt what has been termed "Palestinian Liberation Theology." This teaching is actually Replacement Theology in a new guise, as it denies that modern Israel has anything to do with the Bible or biblical prophecy.

Shoebat believes Mosab Yousef, riding the popularity of his book "Son of Hamas," is trying to further advance this teaching among Evangelicals in America.

In a recent interview with the Arab satellite network Al-Arabiya, Mosab told Arabic viewers:

"During my tours in universities and even churches, [I found] the real support for Israel stems from the church in the West... Israel is the problem and as an occupation it needs to end. ...we will have our victory against Israel."

Despite his past service to Israel, Mosab "clearly hates Israel and has no understanding of the Biblical prophecies concerning same," Keith Davies, executive director of the Walid Shoebat Foundation, told Israel Today.

"We are doing our best to warn the church," continued Davies.

Aaron Klein, Middle East correspondent for conservative Internet news giant WorldNetDaily, agrees that Mosab Yousef is no friend of Christian Zionists, and certainly does not believe that modern Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

"Mosab believes in the leftist line that Israel needs to withdraw from 'occupied' lands," Klein told us. "He is absolutely misguided and I do think his view here is not something that should be given a platform."

However, Klein, whose boss Joseph Farah is another Arab Christian supporter of Israel, does not believe Mosab is some kind of double agent.

"To suggest he was sent to infiltrate the church is ridiculous. Hamas could care less about what the church thinks, plus they're not that smart," said Klein.

He added that at the very least, Mosab deserves credit for saving Israeli lives.

"Mosab risked his life to betray his father and Hamas in order to save Jews. The death threats against him are very real."

It should be noted that it does not appear Shoebat believes Hamas sent Mosab as a double agent, or that his conversion to Christianity was not genuine.

Rather, Shoebat is suggesting that Mosab accepted a brand of Christianity that draws on the false teachings of Replacement Theology, and is now determined to bring other Evangelical Christians in line with those teachings concerning Israel.

"Mosab is now touring churches to end Israel's lifeline," warned Shoebat. "Many Jews and Christians in the West are unable to determine friend from foe in the Mideast; they are not able to read what is said in Arabic. They must seek translations, and must be aware of double agents like Mosab."

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