He saved his life 20 years ago.. An Israeli doctor reveals new information about Sinwar’s personality

Al-Hurra website wrote: An Israeli doctor revealed new information about the life of the leader of the Hamas movement in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, while he was a prisoner in Israel, noting that he contributed to saving Sinwar’s life after he suffered from a brain disease that almost ended his life, according to the American newspaper The New York Times. .

Speaking to the American newspaper, the Israeli dentist, Yuval Biton, said that he remembered prisoner No. 7,333,335 in Israeli prisons, as soon as his daughter told him that Hamas gunmen attacked Israel on October 7.

In 1988, Sinwar was arrested by Israel, and he was later convicted of killing Israeli soldiers and sentenced to four life sentences.

In prison, Al-Sinwar, who was born in the Khan Yunis refugee camp, became one of the most senior imprisoned Hamas officials, spent hours learning Israeli culture and “was addicted to Israeli channels.”

Bitton adds that he remembered the moment he provided medical assistance to Al-Sanwar. He was suffering from a mysterious brain disease that almost took his life, “but we quickly transferred him to the hospital, where he underwent an urgent operation.”

The Israeli doctor says that he was 37 years old, and was running the dental clinic in the Beersheba prison complex, in the Negev desert in southern Israel, when he saved Sinwar’s life.

He added: “When I came out of seeing some patients in early 2004, I found many of my colleagues clearly confused, surrounding Al-Sanwar, who was complaining of pain in his neck.”

Bitton explains that he informed his colleagues that Al-Sanwar was suffering from a problem in his brain, and that he must be transferred to the hospital, urgently. Indeed, he was transferred to the nearby Soroka Medical Center, and he underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.

He continued, saying: “A few days later, I visited Al-Sinwar in the hospital, accompanied by a prison officer charged with interrogating him. Al-Sinwar asked the Muslim officer to thank me and explain to me what it means in Islam that I saved his life.”

The Israeli doctor notes that Sinwar thanked him for the medical service he provided him, and told him that he was “grateful for his life.”

The interest of the Israeli security services in Sinwar began after he emerged on the scene as the head of the security and advocacy service “Majd,” which tracked down, killed, and punished Palestinians accused of cooperating with Israeli intelligence. This led to his arrest in 1988, and he spent more than 20 years in Israeli prisons before his release in 2011.

According to the New York Times, Biton had a close relationship with Sinwar, as he spent hundreds of hours as a dentist, and later as a senior intelligence officer in the Israeli Prison Service, which enabled him to talk to him and analyze his personality.

The Israeli doctor points out that Sinwar believes that prison is a school, and that he once told an Italian journalist that “prison builds a person and gives him time to think about what he believes in.”

Biton points out that Sinwar rarely speaks with the Israeli prison authorities, “but after the operation, I began meeting with him regularly to drink tea and talk to him. Sinwar, who memorized the Qur’an by heart, was not inclined to talk about personal affairs and always talked about Hamas.”

The doctor explains that he once asked Sinwar about the proposal for a two-state solution, but he rejected the idea, saying, “Palestine is the land of Muslims, and we cannot give it up.”

After Hamas kidnapped the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in 2006, Sinwar’s name was included in prisoner release negotiations between Israel and Hamas in exchange for the soldier’s release.

After his release, Sinwar quickly rose through the ranks of Hamas, and was chosen to lead the movement in Gaza in 2017. Since October 7, Israel has considered Sinwar and other Hamas leaders a target of its military operations.


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