The Gore-ing of America

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- If more Richard Kinkaids and fewer Al Gores were involved, the United States' national security interests might prevail.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Terrorist calls to kidnap more Israelis

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A Lebanese terrorist released from an Israeli prison is urging Palestinians to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.

Convicted killer freed in prisoner swap

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 18 (UPI) -- Lebanese militant and convicted killer Samir Kuntar said he was "jealous of our enemy" a day after being released in a Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap.

Olmert to propose swap with Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, June 24 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to ask his Cabinet to approve a deal with Hezbollah to exchange prisoners for two of its captured soldiers.

Soldier's father says son may soon be free

JERUSALEM, June 20 (UPI) -- Abducted Israeli soldier Eldad Regev may soon be freed as part of a nearly completed deal between Israel and Hezbollah, the trooper's father said Friday.

Israeli-Hezbollah prisoner swap near?

JERUSALEM, June 16 (UPI) -- A Hezbollah-Israeli prisoner exchange is expected within a few days, an attorney involved in negotiations said Monday in Lebanon.
Prisoner in Israel plans terror return

Prisoner in Israel plans terror return

NETANYA, Israel, May 30 (UPI) -- A Lebanese man who is set to be released by Israel as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah says he will engage in terrorism once he is free.

Israel willing to exchange prisoners

JERUSALEM, July 31 (UPI) -- Israel for the first time Monday said it would be willing to exchange two Lebanese prisoners for the two soldiers captured by Hezbollah.

Israelis deny exchange for airman's body

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 20 (UPI) -- Israeli officials deny reports in the Arab media that they are close to a deal to exchange the body of an Israeli airman for a convicted terrorist, the newspape

Israeli airmans remains returned

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 13 (UPI) -- Bones said to be that of Israeli airman Ron Arad, missing since 1986, have been transferred to Israel for examiniation.

Hezbollah, Israel to do another swap

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 5 (UPI) -- Hezbollah will give Israel information on a missing navigator and the bodies of three soldiers in exchange for prisoners, Ha'aretz reported Wednesday.

German mediates Middle East prisoner swap

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Lebanese newspaper reported Friday a German mediator met with Hezbollah officials in Beirut this week about a prisoner swap with Israel.

Samir Kuntar (Arabic: سمير القنطار‎, also transcribed Sameer, Kantar, Quntar, Qantar) (born July 20, 1962 in Abey, Lebanon) is a Lebanese Druze former member of the Palestine Liberation Front. On April 22, 1979, at the age of 16, he participated in the attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family in Nahariya that resulted in the deaths of four Israelis and two of his fellow kidnappers. Kuntar was convicted in an Israeli court for murder of an Israeli policeman, Eliyahu Shahar, 31 year-old Danny Haran, and Haran's 4-year-old daughter, Einat Haran, whom he killed with blunt force against a rock. He was also convicted of indirectly causing the death of two-year-old Yael Haran by suffocation, as her mother, Smadar, tried to quiet her crying while hiding from Kuntar. In 1980 Kuntar was sentenced to four life sentences.

Immediately after his arrest, Kuntar admitted to the killings, but at his sentence and thereafter he denied killing the father and daughter, saying that they had been killed by security forces in the ensuing gun battle. He did admit to taking them hostage and killing Eliyahu Shahar, however. An eyewitness testified to having seen Kuntar shoot Danny Haram, and forensic evidence presented at his trial showed that Einat's brain tissue was found on his rifle. He spent nearly three decades in prison before being released on July 16, 2008 as part of an Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap.

In Israel, Kuntar is considered the perpetrator of one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the country's history, while in Lebanon, where Israel's version of the events is disputed by many and it is denied that he killed the father and his daughter, he is widely regarded as a "national hero." Newsweek states that the details of Kuntar's attack are "so sickening they give pause even to some of Israel's enemies." The Jerusalem Post states that "exactly how popular Kuntar is in Lebanon is up for some debate."

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