(Arabic: سمير القنطار, also transcribed Qantar) (born July 20, 1962 in Aabey, Lebanon), is a Lebanese who participated in a terrorist attack on Israel in 1979. He has been held in Israeli jails under a four-times-life sentence since his conviction in 1979 on charges of murder and terrorism, for murdering two Israeli civilians
(a twenty eight year-old man and his four year-old daughter
) and killing two Israeli policemen. [...]
Hezbollah abducts Israeli soldiers
[Main article: Zar'it-Ayta ash-Shab incident]
On July 12, 2006 Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol and captured two soldiers. They were meant to be released in exchange for Samir Kuntar.
In subsequent interviews on Al-Manar TV station Dr Mohamad Jawad Khalifeh, the Lebanese Minster of Health, congratulated Hezbollah for "its great actions" and said that "Lebanon has the right to regain its prisoners and liberate them". Ali Ammar, a Hezbollah member of the Lebanese Parliament, stated his opinion that "particularly at this basic stage in the history of the homeland and the nation, this government should have expressed solidarity with its people and let Samir Quntar feel that he is a Lebanese par excellence.