Arch-Terrorist Hawatmeh May Visit Israel 'For a Few Days'.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has approved the entry into the country of arch-terrorist Naif Hawatmeh, head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group. Also reportedly approved for entry are other arch-terrorists such as the PLO's Farouk Kadoumi and Ahmed Ghanem.
Olmert specified that Hawatmeh would only be allowed in for a few days, and not to reside permanently in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.
Hawatmeh, who founded the PFLP and the Marxist DFLP, lives in Syria and was responsible for one of the most heinous terrorist attacks in Israel's history: The attack on a school in Maalot, in which 22 children and 2 teachers were massacred.
Hawatmeh's men attacked a school building in which were sleeping dozens of children from Tzfat who were on a trip; the terrorists held them hostage for several hours before opening fire. In addition, Hawatme's DPLP also carried out the Avivim bus attack, in which nine children and three adults were murdered. Hawatmeh was an outspoken critic of the PLO leadership under Yasir Arafat.