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Fayyad Meets with Freed Would-Be Murderer

PA Prime Minister meets Salah Hamouri, who planned to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and was released in the Shalit deal.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/22/2011, 3:16 AM

Salam Fayyad
Salam Fayyad
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The Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, met on Wednesday with Salah Hamouri, the terrorist who planned to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and who was released in the second part of the Shalit deal.

According to a report on Channel 2 News, the meeting was held in Ramallah and was also attended by the PA’s Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Issa Karaki.

“The issue of the prisoners is a matter over which there is consensus,” Fayyad was quoted as having said during the meeting. “We must work to free everyone, especially the sick prisoners, the elderly and those who have spent many years in prison. The freedom of the prisoners is an integral part of the freedom of our nation and people.”

Hamouri, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was arrested by Israel in 2005 on suspicion of trying to assassinate Shas’ spiritual leader. His release in the second phase of the Shalit deal came about as a result of a request by France.

Earlier this week, he told Reuters that he and two accomplices were correct in seeking to kill Rabbi Yosef.

Hamouri, who was interviewed from his home in the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, to where Israel agreed he could return along with over a hundred of the released terrorists, cited hateful remarks made by Rabbi Yosef in the past as justification for sticking to his opinion that the rabbi should be killed.

“This man is and will remain a symbol of racism and fanaticism in Israel,” Hamouri said.

Fayyad’s meeting with Hamouri came a day after PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting in Turkey with Amna Muna, a female terrorist released in the first phase Shalit deal.

Muna tempted a Jewish boy, Ofir Rachum, to meet her in Ramallah in January of 2001. Several other terrorists awaited him there and murdered him. Muna never expressed regret for her deeds and she reportedly had a habit of imitating the screams Rachum uttered before his death.

Abbas’ bureau told Voice of Israel radio that he meets regularly with freed PA prisoners, be it in Ramallah or anywhere else. Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, who also participated in the meeting, told the radio station: “If she doesn’t deserve to live, why did you free her?”