Jailed terrorist icons receive Knesset delegation

Monday, December 03, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Members of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee on Sunday toured the prison where Israel is holding two of the more notorious and blood-soaked Arab terrorists it has captured. The visit came as Israel prepared 429 Palestinian terrorists who had not yet succeeded in killing Israeli Jews for premature release as a "goodwill gesture" toward Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

During their inspection of Hadarim Prison, the lawmakers held a friendly chat with Palestinian terror boss Marwan Barghouti and Lebanese killer Samir Kuntar.

Barghouti, despite being a Palestinian parliamentarian, was sentenced to life in prison for his role as leader of the terror groups Tanzim and Al Aqsa Brigades, both "armed wings" of Abbas' Fatah faction, which combined have killed and maimed thousands of Israelis.

Kuntar is serving a life sentence for his 1979 infiltration of the Israeli coast and subsequent rampage through the town of Nahariya, where he and his men killed a police officer before butchering an Israeli father and his four-year-old daughter on a local beach.

Kuntar told the Knesset members that he did not regret his actions, which he sees as perfectly legitimate in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict, while Barghouti complained about not being able to make regular phone calls. Barghouti's request was carried to the prison warden by leftist lawmaker and committee chairman Ophir Pinas-Paz (Labor).

Both Barghouti and Kuntar are wildly popular among the Palestinian and Lebanese Arabs, and have become cult icons for Israeli leftists that insist their nation must bow to all Arab demands in order to make peace.

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