Syrians thank Israel for eliminating terrorist Samir Kuntar, Israel’s arch enemy
By Ari Soffer
The elimination of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar in an Israeli Air Force airstrike has been hailed by Israelis from across the political spectrum Sunday.
Kuntar was widely reviled in Israel for his role in a 1979 terrorist attack by the now-defunct Palestine Liberation Front, during which terrorists kidnapped an Israeli father and his four-year-old daughter from Nahariya and then brutally executed them on a nearby beach. Kuntar himself beat the young girl to death with the butt of his rifle; her two-year-old sister was accidentally smothered to death by their terrified mother as she stifled her cries to prevent them from being discovered.
He was released after serving nearly 30 years of a multiple-life sentence in a 2008 prisoner swap with Hezbollah, and was immediately feted as a hero by the Shia Islamist terror group and appointed one of its commanders. He was reportedlytargeted in a previous airstrike but emerged unscathed. Israeli jets finally found their target on Saturday night, obliterating a building near Damascus where he had been living with a number of other Hezbollah commanders.
Footage from site of airstrike which killed Samir Kuntar:
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