According to the Palestinian Authority leadership, Samir Quntar
epitomizes the ideal Palestinian prisoner. Quntar, who crushed the head of
four-year-old Eynat Haran with his rifle, is serving four life sentences for
murder in an Israeli prison, but is
almost certain to be freed in a prisoner swap with Hizbullah this
On one hand, Quntar embodies what the PA considers the "heroism"
of terrorists fighting Israel. On the other hand, he's the ultimate symbol of
all terrorist prisoners who have murdered Israelis and will eventually be freed
as a result of future kidnappings or through some other means.
PA TV, controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, broadcast the following
picture honoring Quntar. He is depicted beside a map of Israel completely
covered by the Palestinian flag.
[PATV, 23-25 June 2008]
Following are several recent quotes from PA leaders since April 2008,
Quntar, the warrior from Lebanon."
brave warrior, Samir Quntar."
Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership are standing behind you
(Quntar) are an inseparable part of the action to free our homeland."
(Quntar) patience and strength are a lesson for us."
Besides bludgeoning Eynat Haran to death with rocks and his rifle, Quntar killed
her father and was responsible for the death of her infant sister. He also
killed two policemen in the 1979 attack in Naharia. The Israeli cabinet today approved a
prisoner exchange that would free Quntar and several other prisoners in exchange
for Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, who were kidnapped by
Hizbullah in 2006. The exchange could happen within the next few days.