This story has been making the rounds so I had been mulling over whether to cover it. But I cannot maintain silence if there is any chance that my words will help to keep this child killer imprisoned.
“Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday that he expects a United Nations â€œMediatorâ€ to visit Lebanon next week to try to secure a deal for the release of two Israeli soldiers it captured in July.
“He was supposed to come late last week and he is expected to come next week, but negotiations have not yet started,” Nasrallah told Al Jazeera television.
He said the envoy was European but gave no further detailsHizbullahâ€™s capture of the two soldiers in a cross-border raid triggered the 34-day war between Israel and the Shiite Muslim group. Hizbullah wants to swap the Israeli captives for Lebanese held in Israeli jails.
Nasrallah told Jazeera no deal would be possible without the release of Samir Qantar, the longest held Lebanese prisoner in Israel. â€œYou ask me will there be a deal without Samir, I say no,â€ he said. â€œAbsolutely not.”
Qantar was captured during an attack in 1979 on northern Israel by a Palestinian terror group in which an Israeli policeman, another man and his four-year-old daughter were killed.”
And in case you have forgotten, here is the background on Kuntar. For those who do not have the time here is the short version of the story . Kuntar and some other terrorists broke into an apartment building and murdered some of the residents. I’ll let one of the survivors provide the details here:
“They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael, knowing there were more people in the apartment. I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. “This is just like what happened to my mother,” I thought.
As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar.
By the time we were rescued from the crawl space, hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives, I had smothered her.”
Kuntar cannot be set free. An animal like this should never be allowed to walk the streets again. I feel for the families of the soldiers, but the price is too high. Set Kuntar free and you guarantee more bloodshed.
I cannot help but wonder about Olmert and company. Have they not learned anything.