A truly interesting question for Obama
Here’s a question Barack Obama might want to ask Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when they meet in the Middle East next week: How could you, Mr. President, join in the unseemly celebration of a child murderer as a “hero”?
There’s not much chance of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee posing such an impolitic question during his get-together with Abbas in Ramallah on the West Bank. Yet it goes to the heart of the culture of the Palestinian side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and to the hopes of eventually achieving a lasting peace deal.
The child murderer is Samir Kuntar, whom the Israelis freed in a prisoner swap that brought home the bodies of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped — and, as it turned out, fatally wounded — in an attack two years ago that ignited a monthlong war in southern Lebanon between Israel and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The freeing of Kuntar has long been a terrorist goal; the two Israeli soldiers had been kidnapped to try to win his release.
Yes, a more than accurate question for Mahmoud Abbas, specially after seeing this photo of “peaceful Kuntar”.