Abbas meets freed terrorist who killed Israeli teenager
Palestinian President meets with Amna Muna in Turkey, along with 10 other former prisoners released and banished as part of the deal that freed Gilad Shalit.
Israel is furious with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for meeting on Wednesday with a Palestinian woman who infamously lured an Israeli teen to Ramallah in 2001, where he was subsequently murdered by Palestinians.
Abbas met Amna Muna in Turkey, along with 10 other former prisoners who were released and banished there as part of the deal that freed Gilad Shalit.
Muna, 35, was serving a life sentence for using an Internet promise of romance to lure 16-year-old Ophir Rahum to the West Bank, where he was killed by waiting militants.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel was disappointed that Abbas chose to meet Muna, whom he called a "terrorist temptress."
"Instead of promoting peace and reconciliation, the Palestinian leadership seems to be putting murderers up on a pedestal," he said. "This [meeting] raises serious questions as to their commitment and their desire to end the conflict."
Abbas adviser Nimer Hamad said it was natural for the Palestinian president to "meet his people wherever they are."
Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub, who accompanied Abbas to Turkey, also defended the meeting.
"We can't he talk to her?" he said, in an interview with Israel Radio. "There are Israeli parliamentarians and army generals who are worse than her."