JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met demonstratively in Turkey on Tuesday with 11 terrorist prisoners released in the recent swap for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Most prominent among them was Amneh Muna, the woman who seduced 16-year-old Ofir Rahum over the Internet and lured him to Ramallah, where her accomplices murdered him in 2001.
She was caught and serving a life sentence when she was traded with another 477 terrorists in the first phase of the deal for Shalit’s freedom. Ironically, she refused to be deported to the Gaza Strip after her release, fearing the vengeance of Hamas former fellow inmates, who accused her of assaulting them.
In Ankara on Tuesday, Abbas told the former prisoners that they were his top priority. In a statement released by his office, Abbas “praised the prisoners for remaining steadfast in the face of Israeli wardens’ mastery.”
Israel was officially underwhelmed by Abbas’s praise for the terrorists, all of whom were convicted murderers. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, said the Prime Minister’s Office was “disappointed” by Abbas’s “unfortunate decision” to meet Muna.
“Instead of promoting peace and reconciliation, the Palestinian leadership seems to be putting extremist murderers up on a pedestal,” he said. “This raises serious questions as to their commitment and as to their desire to end the conflict.”