And it didn’t work, of course. It never does. Aethelred the Unready Alert: “Italy’s ex-president admits terror deal,” from the Jerusalem Post, August 19 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A former Italian president says his country had allowed Palestinian terror groups to roam free in exchange for not attacking Italian targets.
Francesco Cossiga’s admission confirmed claims of such a deal revealed last week in an interview in the Corriere della Sera newspaper with Bassam Abu Sharif, the former chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
In a letter published Aug. 15 in Corriere della Sera, Cossiga described a “secret ‘non-belligerence pact’ between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups” such as the PFLP. The deal, he said, had been devised by Prime Minister Aldo Moro, who in 1978 was kidnapped and assassinated by the Italian terror group the Red Brigades.
Nonetheless, there were several major Palestinian terror attacks on Italian targets in the 1970s and 1980s. They included attacks on Rome’s airport and main synagogue, and the hijacking of the cruise ship the Achille Lauro cruise ship….