Excellent news greets us this morning as we hear of the well-deserved though much-too-late death of the arch-terrorist child-killer Samir Kuntar at the hands of Israel:
Arab media reported Sunday morning that Israel assassinated Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar. Several Israeli Air Force missiles struck the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing Kuntar and eight other operatives, late Saturday night, the reports said.
Hezbollah on Sunday morning confirmed that Kuntar was killed in an Israeli airstrike, and alleged that Israel may have coordinated the hit with Syrian rebel “terrorists” operating in the area. The Assad regime also blamed “terrorist groups” for the strike.
“At 10:15 p.m. on Saturday December 19, Zionist warplanes struck a residential building in Jaramana city in Damascus countryside,” Hezbollah said in the statement carried by its Al-Manar news outlet. “The dean of liberated detainees from Israeli prisons, brother Mujahid Samir Kuntar was martyred along with several Syrian citizens in the strike.”
There was no official Israeli confirmation of the attack, although officials expressed satisfaction over his death. Kuntar was with a group of commanders from different terrorist groups that were there planning attacks on Israel
A reminder of what a piece of filth Kuntar was:
A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar became infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israeli girl, Einat Haran, with his rifle butt, killing her. Three other Israelis, including her father, Danny Haran, were killed in the attack. He was 16 at the time, a member of the Palestine Liberation Front.
He spent 29 years in an Israeli prison before being traded to Hezbollah in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. After that, he took on a senior role in the group, was honored by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and helped to organize Syrian Druze on the Golan Heights and elsewhere into terror cells charged with carrying out attacks against Israel.
Reports said that Kuntar was assassinated not as revenge for his past actions, but rather because he was planning fresh attacks against Israel.
I’m absolutely fine with him being killed in revenge as well. Let our enemies fear us even when they have been released – unjustly – from captivity.
Syrian media said that among the dead was also Farhan Shaalan, a commander in the Syrian anti-Israel resistance group founded by Kuntar and others. Those reports said that senior Hezbollah members were also present in the building at the time of the attack.
It seems that this time the news is really true, as opposed to previous reports:
Kuntar was previously reported killed by Israel in July. The report, by Channel 2 and based on Arab sources, turned out to be false.
Legal Insurrection brings us the most chilling description of the murder of the Haran family by Samir Kuntar. I can hardly bear to read it.
Israeli officials praised the killing:
The former head of the IDF’s Northern Command, and current Zionist Union MK Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben-Reuven praised the report, saying “IDF officials, Intelligence, the Air Force and others should be commended … “Kuntar was a murderer who killed the Haran family in cold blood.”
Meanwhile, Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Gallant told Israel Radio that “It is good that people like Samir Qantar will not be part of our world,”
And of course the major victim and sole survivor of Kuntar’s murderous spree is glad that he is dead:
Smadar Haran, the only survivor in the 1979 terror attack reportedly called Kuntar’s death a “historic justice,” according to opposition leader Isaac Herzog on his Twitter account.
“He was a terrorist that never abandoned the way of terror and murder for even a single day,” she said. “The region is safer without him.”
The most amazing part about this assassination is the thanks that Israel is receiving – from Syrians!
Unsurprisingly, pro-Palestinian supporters are decrying the “martyrdom” of their hero:
Gerald Steinberg handily reminds them who their “hero” really is:
Also, as mentioned in the Times of Israel report I quoted from, Kuntar hadn’t exactly returned to the path of righteousness:
Another interesting aspect of this operation is the Russian angle. Did Israel ignore Russia’s new anti-aircraft batteries, bypass them, or coordinate with Russia?
Whichever is the true reason, this is only good news for the Israeli Air Force and for Israel’s security in general.
Kuntar should never have been released in the first place, even for the bodies of Israeli soldiers. He is the ultimate proof that Israel should institute the death penalty for terrorists. But this is better late than never.
Kol hakavod to the IAF and to all those on the ground, whether Israeli undercover agents or local Syrians, who helped to send this murderer to where he rightfully belongs – in the gates of hell.