Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar said he met Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority president’s request.
Kuntar said in a statement Tuesday that Abbas requested the meeting, for which Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rebuked Abbas when the two leaders met Sunday.
Kuntar, who was responsible for the murder of three members of one Israeli family and an Israeli police officer in a 1979 attack, was released from an Israeli prison in July as part of a prisoner swap that repatriated the body of two kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
Abbas told Olmert that Kuntar initiated the unplanned meeting.
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