Israel convicted him to life prison sentences, a code word for, “Sign a piece of paper saying you won’t return to terror, and we will release you in return for the bodies of dead Israelis.”
That is exactly what happened in 2008. Israel released Kuntar and received the bodies of kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were killed at the outset of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
Of course, Israel could have helped the environment and saved the paper. After a hero’s welcome in Lebanon and Syria, Kuntar said, “God willing, I will get the chance to kill more Israelis.”
Apparently, he wanted to go back to being a “veteran prisoner,” but never a “militant” and, of course not a “terrorist.”
Speaking of “veteran prisoners,” here is the background on Abd Rabbo. He murdered two Israeli university students who were hiking south of Jerusalem. He tied them up at gun point, put bags over their heads and then shot and killed both of them.
Another terrorist, upgraded by the Red Cross to a “prisoner,” is Ahmed Ka’abn, who was sentenced to two life sentences for murdering two young Israeli women whom he stabbed in Wadi Kelt, in the Judean Desert, in 1997.