From Family to Foe: Haniyeh’s Betrayal of Israeli “Family”

Israel’s Channel 10 News has came out with an amazing report about how head Hamashole Ismail Haniyeh used to be close with an Israeli man who employed him as a youngster.

Here is the story translated from the Hebrew:

A young Haniyeh

Danny Machlouf of Ashkelon was a construction contractor 40 years ago when he employed the 16-year-old Gazan laborer, who later became the leader of Hamas. Ismail Haniyeh was a member of the Machlouf family during the nine years he worked with Machluf. He would eat in their house and they would visit him and stay at his home in Gaza. Haniyeh even took part in family events and weddings of Machlouf’s daughters.

At the same time, the border with Gaza was open, Israelis and Palestinians could move in and out freely, and the Machlouf family did not fear or feel threatened by those responsible for launching rockets into Israel and for actions against soldiers and civilians. “He was a laborer of my father for many years,” says Zehava, Danny’s daughter, “he used to eat with us, we would go to him to stay with us every day or in our house or we would go to Gaza.

I knew him as a laborer when he knew how to make only clay. I taught him to work, he worked with me for nine years. “I heard that he was in to terror, so I went into Gaza,” he says, referring to Haniyeh, He said he encountered a large number of masked men calling out to him “Allah Akbar,” one of them took off his kaffiyeh and said to them, “Come back, this is my boss.” Haniyeh asked him, “Dad, why did you enter? “I came to tell you to stop terror and calm down.” According to Machlouf, Haniyeh replied: “I promise you that I will not go out to the roads with terror.”

It is amazing to think that since then, Haniyeh has given the order to launch rockets into the houses that he himself built. It just goes to show you what blind hatred can do to a person.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media