Reputedly moderate Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is reported to have “sent greetings to Kuntar”—referring to the Lebanese terrorist freed in Wednesday’s Israel-Hezbollah exchange who in a 1979 attack killed a 28-year-old Israeli man in front of his 4-year-old daughter and then killed the girl by smashing her head.
Abbas was on a visit to Malta at the time and was under no known pressure to issue his tidings. Even if he was—Samir Kuntar being popular among his Fatah Party, which held a rally in Ramallah to laud his release and that of the remains of Palestinian mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi—Abbas did not have to accede to the pressure. He has, after all, free will and there is absolutely no compulsion for anyone to send greetings to an unrepentant child-murderer upon his release from prison into total freedom at the age of 46.
Since Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority in 2005, he has been fawned over and enshrined as a figure of peace and moderation by both American and Israeli (as well as, of course, European and other) leaders, particularly by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the American side and by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on the Israeli side.
The handing over of murderer Samir Kuntar to the Hezbollah was a tragic mistake, but the ongoing depiction of Mahoud Abbas by the western media and international leaders, as some kind of “kinder, gentler” Palestinian thug-O-crat is as bad as letting Samir Kuntar free. David Hornik tells us why. More here. *L* KGS