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News Flash: Mahmoud Abbas Helped Plan and Finance the Munich Massacre

The New York Times review of the forthcoming documentary on the torture and murder of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games has sparked a surge of interest in that terror attack and its consequences.

At the time, I was a student in Jerusalem, following every horrific moment of the unfolding story on the radio into the wee hours of the night. It is hard to forget the young people in Israel with their heads held low at the sight of their sports heroes who returned home in flag draped caskets, having falling victim to PLO killers.

Yet there was pride in all walks of life when then-Prime Minister Gold Meir announced that the Israeli government had issued a death warrant to kill all those responsible for the Munich massacre. Or, as she put it, to “turn the hunted into prey.”

The Golda Doctrine received adulation from all factions in the Israeli Knesset, where the discussion soon turned into a debate about how to fight the PLO.

MK Ya’acov Hazan, leader of the left-wing Mapam party, stated, “We must not only defend ourselves, but also attack. We must search for the terrorists and kill them.”

Likud opposition leader Menachem Begin proposed creating a special unit for the war on terror, and recruiting the best people who had dealt in covert operations in the past, such as future prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, Isser Harel and others. “If, in fact, we


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