Jerusalem – Last week, Israeli President Shimon Peres condemned those who were “welcoming the return of Samir Kuntar, a murderer who smashed the skull of a 4-year-old girl, Einat, with his bare hands and the butt of his rifle and then shot her father in cold blood and never expressed regret.” Mr. Peres went on to express the wish that “murderers rejoice no more. May the spirit of defenders in a just war remain proud.”
One of the Arab leaders who greeted Mr. Kuntar with adulation upon his release was the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas. Today, Mr. Abbas held a meeting with President Peres. Mr. Peres’ spokeswoman would not respond as to whether Mr. Peres has raised any objection or protest to Mr. Abbas over his praise for a murderer. However, minutes of the meeting between Mr. Peres and Mr. Abbas that Mr. Peres issued at the end of the day, after their meeting, indicated that Mr. Peres had not mentioned any criticism whatsoever of Mr. Abbas for his praise of Mr. Kuntar.
David Bedein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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