Yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Turkey where he met with 11 Palestinians who had been freed from Israeli jails as part of the deal which saw the release of Corporal Gilad Schalit back in October.
Amongst them was Amna Muna (a.k.a. Mona Jaud Awana) whom Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, describes as a “terrorist temptress.” In January 2001, Muna lured 16-year old Ophir Rahum over the Internet to Ramallah for what he thought would be a romantic rendez-vous. Instead, Muna set up Rahum for an ambush by three Palestinian gunmen who shot him more than fifteen times. Muna was sentenced to life in prison in 2003 for her role in planning Rahum’s murder.
Needless to say, Netanyahu is furious with Abbas for meeting with a woman convicted of murder who told investigators of her delight as Rahum was in the throes of death.
When you couple Abbas’ provocation with Hamas today agreeing to join the PLO it begs this question. Where is the Obama Administration? After all, both Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta have been falling all over themselves publicly berating Israel in recent weeks. But so far I hear only the chirping of crickets. Well, it’s about what I would expect from an administration that is angry with Netanyahu for building houses in Jerusalem but not angry with Abbas for meeting with a murderer of an Israeli teenager.
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