Israeli Strike in Syria Eliminates Reviled Perpetrator of Attack ‘so Sickening’ Details ‘Give Pause to Israel’s Enemies’
JERUSALEM – Samir Kuntar, perpetrator of one of the most brutal terror attacks in Israeli history, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group said Sunday.
Kuntar was reportedly the target of a guided missile strike on a residential building in the Damascus district of Jaramana, according to Syria’s SANA state-run news agency.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said two Israeli warplanes were behind the attack, and it aired footage of a building that appears to be completely destroyed.
Israel typically does not comment on airstrikes inside Syria. In keeping with that policy, the strike was not mentioned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Sunday’s security cabinet meeting.
National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said that while he usually doesn’t comment on “such rumors or reports,” he recognized that Kuntar was “known to be a very brutal terrorist” and a “despicable person.”
“He killed a civilian family, including a baby, many years ago and he’s still involved in terrorism,” Steinitz said, referring to Kuntar’s infamous 1979 attack that killed four Israelis. “So if something happened to him, I think that no civilized person can be sorry.”
Steinitz jested, “It is possible that the Finnish intelligence service acted here, I have no idea, I know only what I see in the media.”
According to security sources here, Kuntar was an active Hezbollah member who was involved in recruiting militants to carry out attacks against Israel’s northern border.
On Sunday, three rockets were fired into the Western Galilee in northern Israel. The attack was most likely Hezbollah’s retaliation for the elimination of Kuntar. The Hezbollah-related Al-Mayadeen television network reported the rockets were launched from inside Lebanon.
The Israel Defense Forces responded to the rocket attacks with targeted artillery fire. “The IDF holds the Lebanese Army responsible for attacks emanating from its territory,” an IDF Spokesperson told Breitbart Jerusalem.