“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013
“Palestinian terrorist calmly describes how he murdered two young Israeli hikers,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, January 28:
Issa Abd Rabbo is one of the terrorist murderers that Israel was forced to release from prison in order for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to agree to start negotiations with Israel. Palestinian Media Watch reported that the day Abd Rabbo was released, Mahmoud Abbas called him a “hero” and raised his hand victoriously.
Until his release, Issa Abd Rabbo was serving two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both.
Abbas’ “hero” has now given an interview to the independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an on its weekly TV program Lovers’ Tales, which interviews released prisoners. There he calmly describes how he initiated the killing, spotted the two hiking university students and waited until they sat down to rest under a tree. He then recounts how he tied them up and murdered them in cold blood.
Mahmoud Abbas and other PA leaders have called all the released terrorist murderers “heroes,” on numerous occasions. Palestinian Media Watch recently reported that released murderer Asrar Samrin, who was released with Abd Rabbo, told PA TV that none of the prisoners regret their actions: “There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don’t regret what we did and we will not regret what we did.”
Ma’an also interviewed Asrar Samrin recently, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of Israeli citizen Tzvi Klein (Dec. 3, 1991) until he was released. Samrin used the TV opportunity to describe the murder – see transcript below.
The following is from the text of the interview with murderer Issa Abd Rabbo:
Issa Abd Rabbo: “There was supposed to be a military operation shooting at a bus transporting Israeli soldiers… I was surprised when on my way to the area, I waited, waited and waited and the bus didn’t come. I was forced to carry out an operation on my own, an improvisation, I took it upon myself. An Israeli car approached, with two in it. I said, here’s a chance and I don’t want to return empty-handed. They left the car… and walked towards the valley, and sat down under a pine tree. I went down to them. Of course I was masked and was carrying a rifle. He asked me: Are you a guard here? I told him: ‘No, I’m in my home.’ I told him: ‘You are not allowed here. This is our land and our country. You stole it and occupied our land and I’m going to act against you.’
They were surprised by what I told them. I tied them up of course and then sentenced them to death by shooting, in the name of the revolution. I shot them, one bullet each, and went [hiding] in the mountains… I went to my aunt and told her: ‘We have avenged Muhammad’s blood.’”
Host: “She is the mother of Martyr Muhammad Abd Rabbo.”
Issa Abd Rabbo: “I told her: ‘Instead of one, we got two.’ She cried out in joy.”
[Independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an TV, Jan. 9, 2014]
Issa Abd Rabbo – sentenced to two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered them. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA’s precondition for renewing negotiations….