Kifah Kayyal, the divorced Palestinian wife of Lebanese Druse terrorist Samir Kuntar, said on Monday that her ex-husband’s murder was justified, according to a report by Memri.
While Hezbollah and Syrian state media have blamed Israel for Kuntar’s death claiming he was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Demascus on Saturday, the Israeli government has yet to confirm or deny any involvement in his death.
Kuntar’s ex-wife believes that regardless of who killed him, her ex-husband’s murder was justified because his intention was not to fight against Israel but to harm Syrians and the Palestinian people.
“Kuntar and Hezbollah are on the Arab land of Syria not in order to fight Israel, the Zionist enemy, or any aggression,” she said in an interview with the Saudi al-Arabia Network.
“They are there to fight the Syrian people and the Palestinian people. We show no solidarity with murderers. Murders should be killed,” she added.
Samir Kuntar was imprisoned after he and three others from the Palestine Liberation Front infiltrated Nahariya by sea in April 1979 and broke into the apartment of the Haran family, where they kidnapped the father, Danny, and his four-year-old daughter Einat. They brought the pair back to the beach and killed them. Haran’s other daughters, Yael, age two, was accidentally smothered to death as she and her mother, Smadar, hid from the terrorists in the apartment’s crawl space.
Israel released Kuntar, a Druse, in 2008 as part of a prisoner swap with the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group and he is believed to have joined the group since. He was welcomed as a hero in Beirut and he married a Lebanese Shi’ite woman from a Hezbollah family.
After his release, Kuntar kept a low public profile. But it is believed that he had become a commander in Hezbollah, which has sent hundreds of its members to fight alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.