Last week, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon buried their hero Samir el-Kuntar, who was martyred by a missile fired from an Israeli F16 donated by US taxpayer on December 20, 2015. Kuntar spent 29 years in Israeli jail for murdering a European Jew terrorist in Palestine. Kuntar, a Lebanese Druze, was a member of Popular Front for the Liberation Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist militia, established by Palestinian Christian Dr. George Habash (d. 2008).
At the time of his martyrdom, he was leading a group of PFLP fighters fighting along with Syrian army along Syrian-Israel border.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah in a message on the martyrdom of Samir el-Kuntar called Israeli soldiers cowards. He was referring to the way Israeli soldiers ran out of Southern Lebanon in 2000, and Israeli army’s humiliation during 54-day war in 2006. In both cases, like Samir Kuntar’s assassination, the Jewish army used its airpower instead of fighting Muslims and Christians on ground.
“The retaliation to Samir’s assassination will inevitably come. The Israelis are worried, and they should be worried – along the border, inside Israel and outside of it. We do not fear any repercussions or threats, and we cannot tolerate that the blood of our freedom-fighters and brother be shed anywhere in this world,” Nasrallah said at a memorial event at a hall in Dahieh in a televised address.
Though the Jewish media in the West is trying to minimize Nasrallah threat based on the assumption that Hizbullah fighters are pre-occupied fighting ISIL militants led by Mossad agent Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi aka Elliott Shimon. However, Israeli press is paranoid by Nasrallah warning.
Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot mentioned that if Hizbullah follows the current rules of engagement, revenging el-Kuntar’s assassination is matter of time, expecting that the party would launch a ground attack on the Israeli sites on the Palestinian northern border.
Israeli daily Ynet quoted a Zionist military officer as saying that Hizbullah has become an army that is capable of battling ferociously, adding that all the measures taken by the Israeli army on the border will not prevent Hizbullah from attacking the entity.
Likud linked Jerusalem Post revealed that martyr el-Kuntar managed to establish in Syria’s Golan a military resistance group that coordinates its activities with Hizbullah and Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. Describing it as major Israeli intelligence achievement, the paper added that el-Kuntar assassination responded to his possible future schemes, not his past attacks, against the Zionist entity.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson, Hossein Jaber Ansari condemned the assassination of el-Kuntar, calling it state terrorism.