The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday morning that Israel is threatening to assassinate the Lebanese resistance fighter Samir Qintar who was just released out of the Israeli prisons on Wednesday during a prisoners swap deal between the Lebanese resistance Hezbollah and the Israeli state.
Yedioth Ahronoth said Israeli officials told the online daily that Samir Quntar is now sentenced to death. The official also added that the Israeli army is not done with Qintar and won’t stop until he is killed.
On Wednesday Five Arabs, including Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been released including Samir Qintar, Israel’s longest held Lebanese prisoner who has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail for the past 30 years.
In return, Hezbollah gave back the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, two soldiers the group captured in July 2006, and the remains of other Israeli soldiers killed in the 34-day war that followed the operation, on July of 2006.
The deal included the handing over of 190 Palestinian, Lebanese and Arab resistance fighters who were still being held by Israel.
Qintar was captured in 1978 as he carried out an armed attack at Naharia in northern Israel and killed a number of Israelis.
The Wednesday deal was brokered through German mediation, and has been negotiated shortly after the war ended in August 2006.