YNet News has the story here. Mookie Ahmadinejad hugging and honoring Samir Kuntar should not surprise anyone. Kuntar, of course, is best-known for killing an Israeli man in front of his daughter, then smashing the little girl’s skull with the butt of his rifle. He’s a hero across the Arab world, and has been honored in Syria as recently as a few months ago, too.
Kuntar received a statuette featuring two prisoners attempting to break through the bars of a prison. During a press conference, the convicted murderer praised Iran for its contribution to Hamas and Hizbullah.
“The Islamic revolution in Iran has a big part in the victories of the years 2000, 2006, and the most recent victory of the people of Gaza,” he told reporters.
During the ceremony Kuntar said, “We must resist the American occupation because the Americans support dictatorship, and in the region we must resist the Zionist regime and destroy it.”