Secretary of State Rice’s favorite Palestinian “moderate,” PA president Mahmoud Abbas, made time last week to meet in Lebanon with Samir Kuntar, the terrorist recently freed by Israel in a swap with Hezbollah for the remains of Israeli soldiers. The International Herald Tribune delicately mentions that Kuntar killed three people in “a grisly attack” in 1979. I posted about that attack around the time of Kuntar’s release — how Kuntar made sure to make a 4-year-old girl watch her father being killed right before he murdered her by crushing her skull.
Why anyone should be surprised that Abbas would want to exchange ideas with such a person is baffling. PA television, controlled by Abbas’s government, has repeatedly lauded Kuntar as a “hero” and a “brave warrior,” and glorified his savagery for years while agitating for his release.