EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY: Israeli officials giddy after reports of country’s arch enemy since 1979 eliminated in IAF airstrike
Israel released Kuntar in 2008 as part of a prisoner swap with the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group.
Israeli officials praised the reported killing of Lebanese militant leader Samir Kuntar, responsible for murdering the Haran family in 1979 as part of a PLO operation and later joining Hezbollah following his release from Israeli prison.
Reports that Kuntar was killed sprung up Sunday morning after Syrian government loyalists on social media claimed that a number of rockets hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana.
The former head of the IDF’s Northern Command, and current Zionist Union MK Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben-Reuven praised the report, saying “IDF officials, Intelligence, the Air Force and others should be commended … “Kuntar was a murderer who killed the Haran family in cold blood.”
Meanwhile, Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Gallant told Israel Radio that “It is good that people like Samir Qantar will not be part of our world,”
Asked if Israel carried out the strike, Gallant said: “I am not confirming or denying anything to do with this matter.” Other Israeli officials, including military spokesmen, declined comment.
Smadar Haran, the only survivor in the 1979 terror attack reportedly called Kuntar’s death a “historic justice,” according to opposition leader Isaac Herzog on his Twitter account.
“He was a terrorist that never abandoned the way of terror and murder for even a single day,” she said. “The region is safer without him.”
Kuntar was imprisoned after he and three others from the Palestine Liberation Front infiltrated Nahariya by sea in April 1979 and broke into the apartment of the Haran family, where they kidnapped the father, Danny, and his four-year-old daughter
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