Key Hamas leader released from Israeli prison Sunday
Hassan Yousef told reporters at the time of his release Sunday that he will work with Hamas to achieve reconciliation with other Palestinian factions (Abbas Momani/AFP)
Israel released a key Hamas leader Sunday after two years of prison detention, according to Agence France-Presse.
Hassan Yousef, the Hamas leader as well as a member of Ramallah's Palestinian Legislative Council, was received by many of his supporters in Beituniya near Ofer prison where he served his prison sentence since Nov. 2011 for "belonging to an illegal organization."
At the time of his release, Yousef told reporters that he would "work with Hamas rivals-'Fatah and other Palestinian factions to achieve reconciliation.'"
Yousef first made major headlines when his son Mossab confirmed that he spied for Israel between 1997-2007. Yousef disowned his son in a letter sent while he was serving a previous term in an Israeli prison.
Mossab moved to the US, converted to Christianity and changed his name to Joseph.
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