Samir Kuntar. Pleased with Shalit deal
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Gilad Shalit and father Noam
Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry

Samir Kuntar: Kidnap more soldiers

Lebanese terrorist released three years ago in exchange for bodies of Goldwasser, Regev says 'resistance is the only way to free prisoners'

The Shalit deal proves that resistance and resistance alone is the only way to free prisoners, Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar said Wednesday. Kuntar was released in 2008 together with four Hezbollah men in exchange for the bodies of abducted soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.


Kuntar called on Palestinian organizations to kidnap more soldiers in order to bring about the release of the remaining prisoners held in Israel.


In an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Nour TV station, Kuntar said: "From the first day Shalit was kidnapped, the enemy wasted its resources on obtaining a piece of information on his whereabouts. It was always confident it would get to him. This was the attitude for five years until the last moment of the prisoner exchange. But it failed miserably in a 360 square meter area which the enemy knows through and through."


Kuntar also stressed the historic importance of the deal and explained that Israel went back on its terms of the Oslo Accords – refusal to free prisoners from Israel and east Jerusalem. During the interview, Palestinian prisoners who were released as part of the deal and knew Kuntar from prison went on the air.


Kuntar was the commander of a four-man cell which took Danny Haran and his four-year-old daughter Einat hostage in Naharia in 1979. The second daughter Yael was strangled to death in her mother's arms as they were hiding in the attic. When he realized he could not escape, Kuntar murdered the father and daughter.


The Lebanese terrorist was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences and an additional 47 years in prison, but was released three years ago in an exchange deal.


Since his release, Kuntar has become a symbol of resistance against Israel and has repeatedly spoken in favor of kidnapping soldiers. "I call on the resistance groups to kidnap more Israeli soldiers and not make do with one, as there are many prisoners," he said last years in a televised speech at a conference for Gaza prisoners.


Elior Levy contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 10.19.11, 14:06
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