Netanyahu office ‘shocked’ as Abbas meets ex-prisoners

President Abbas meets with Amna Muna in Turkey.
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says he found it “shocking” to see President Mahmoud Abbas meet with certain released prisoners Wednesday in Turkey.

Abbas met in Ankara with 11 ex-prisoners who were released by Israel in the prisoner swap, but the unnamed official was in particular shocked that Abbas met with Amna Muna, Israel’s Ynet news site said.

Muna was convicted in an Israeli court of luring a teenager to his death in 2001.

According to the anonymous official quoted by Ynet, Israel found it “shocking to see a man who tells the entire world he wants to make peace with Israel fly all the way to Turkey to meet a despicable murderer.”

The prisoner was one of several deported to Turkey as part of their release.

On Twitter, meanwhile, a spokesman for Netanyahu called the meeting “sickening” and said that “Instead of seeking peace and reconciliation with Israel, the Palestinian leadership honor killers.

“This raises a question mark about its commitment to peace and ending the conflict.”

( / 21.12.2011)

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