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Israel threatens to assassinate Quntar

July 17, 2008 4:20 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2008 4:20 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli security source said on Thursday that a day after his release from Israeli prison, Samir Quntar is a target for assassination by Israeli forces.

The Israeli Hebrew newspaper Yediot Ahronot quoted the source as saying, "Israel will get him, he will be assassinated and Mossad will not take too long to kill him." When questioned on whether he saw the assassination threat as a breach of the agreement with Hizbullah he said, "there are no commitments regarding Quntar's life, he is a damned killer and we will make him pay back soon."

Quntar was the most controversial of the prisoners freed on Wednesday as part of the swap between Hizbullah and Israel. He was held in Israeli prison from 1979 until 2008 for the killing of three Israeli civilians. Quntar is portrayed in the Israeli media as a monster and his release caused consternation amongst some sections of Israeli society.

This assassination threat could be seen as an attempt to make up for what is seen widely as a victory for Hizbullah at the expense of Israel.

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