Kidnapping Israel soldiers is the best way to free Arab terrorists, says the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization.
Under the headline “Kidnapping Soldiers – the Best Way to Free Prisoners,” the PLFP spokesman Abu Mughad noted the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by vowing similar operations ”until the last Arab prisoner is freed from Israeli jails.”
The terrorist group’s website quoted the mother of one of the terrorists killed in the raid on Shalit’s outpost that the death of her son and a fellow terrorist helped “rub Israel’s nose in the dirt” and that the anniversary is a national holiday for Arabs.
The PFLP has been involved in previous kidnappings and dozens of terrorist attacks. Created in 1968 by a former Syrian army officer and enjoying financial support from Iran, it blew up a Swiss Air flight in 1970, killing 47 people and attacked a bus in northern Israel in the same year, murdering 12 children.
In 1974, PFLP terrorists killed 18 Israelis in an attack on Kiryat Shmoneh, located near the Lebanese border, and kidnapped three Israeli soldiers in 1982.
Four years later, it succeeded in winning the freedom of 1,150 prisoners and terrorists in exchange for the soldiers.