Sheikh Hassan Yousef from Ramallah, is a founder of Hamas and one of its leaders in the West Bank.
In 2004, while in Israeli jail on terrorism charges, he gave a candid interview to the authors of “The Seventh War,” a book detailing the reasons for Israel’s failure to win Hamas.
Some of his more controversial statements were quoted in Yediot Acharonot newspaper, and are presented here in English:
The discussions you [the Israelis] had, regarding the future of the settlements, and whether you should hold on to the territories, gave us the power to continue the terror attacks.
Israel’s ‘Peace Camp,’ those who spoke about ‘ending the occupation’ and the retreat from the territories, gave us a push to come to a decision to continue the suicide attacks.
Sharon’s disengagement plan from Gaza was a great victory for us, a result of our actions.
One of the best proofs that our actions have caused damage to the Israeli population is the phenomenon of soldiers refusing to serve. We realized that we have to intensify the damage, and the consensus among our organization [Hamas] was that the best weapon is that of suicide bombers.