Why not? The terrorists never suffered from the last terror attack at sea, in fact, Abbas benefited from it, didn’t he? Sure, he was convicted "in absentia"--but has he served any time? Has he been arrested? No. Instead, the US continues to grant him money, power, prestige, and thousands of acres of OUR ISRAELI LAND.
So much for the laws about doing business with terrorists . . .
What happened during the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985?
Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, 1985
On October 7, 1985 four heavily armed terrorists representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, with some 100 mostly elderly passengers on board, in Egyptian waters. The hijackers demanded that Israel free 50 Palestinian prisoners, and to prove their determination, they shot and killed a disabled American tourist, 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair. After a two-day drama, the Egyptian government, unaware that Klinghoffer had been murdered, provided the hijackers with safe passage in exchange for freeing the ship and its passengers.
Once the murder had been discovered, US Navy F-14 fighters intercepted an Egypt Air 737 airliner flying the hijackers to freedom in Tunisia and forced it to land in Sicily. The terrorists were taken into custody by Italian authorities, were tried and convicted to long prison terms.
But Bassam al-Asker, one of the Achille Lauro hijackers, was granted parole in 1991. Ahmad Marrouf al-Assadi, another accomplice, disappeared in 1991 while on parole. Four others, including the mastermind, Abu Abbas, were convicted in absentia and remain at large.
Israeli officials say global jihad terrorists planning attack on Israeli ship sailing in Mediterranean
Published: 09.17.07, 10:28 / Israel News
Israeli officials fear that terror groups are planning attacks against Israeli holidaymakers abroad, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday.
An Israeli official told the newspaper that security officials believe terror groups plan to use a boat laden with explosives to sink an Israeli cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
"We have warning about terror plans to carry out attacks abroad," the official said. "One scenario is an attack using a ship or a boat carrying explosives."
'Ships attractive target'
The official said that security would be boosted onboard Israeli cruise ships whose sailing lines would be altered.
"There are various scenarios: booby-trapped boats, using boats to fire explosives at passenger ships and more. Over Sukkot many Israelis are leaving for cruises from Haifa and Ashdod and we have to ensure that these ships are well protected," the official added.
But officials at the counter-terrorism bureau said that global jihad terrorists were always planning attacks against Israelis abroad.
"The intentions of members of the global jihad to attacks Israeli ships are well known. Over the last two years there were two attempts to target Israeli ships in Turkey. Al-Qaeda there has them in sights because they are packed with hundreds of Israeli tourists and are therefore an attractive target to attack," the officials said.