The former president of Italy, Francesco Cossiga, has admitted that under his authority as interior minister and later president in the 1970s and 1980s, his country allowed Palestinian terror organizations freely to organize, form bases, and store weapons in his country. In an interview in Corriere Della Serra, quoted on YNet, Cossiga lays it out:
“According to the deal, the Palestinian organizations could establish bases in Italy, enjoyed freedom of movement when entering and exiting the country, and could move around without undergoing mandatory security checks because they were protected by the secret service,” Cossiga explained.
“During my time as interior minister I learned that PLO people were holding heavy artillery in their homes and protected by diplomatic immunity as representatives of the Arab League. I was told not to worry and I managed to convince them to lay down their heavy artillery and make do with light weaponry.”
Cossiga made headlines in 2007 when he asserted that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by the CIA and the Mossad. And if I’m not mistaken, he was already president when the Achille Lauro was hijacked in 1985 by the Palestinian Liberation Front, and was involved in the struggle that ensued over the fate of the hijackers, whose plane was diverted to Italy but then was allowed to keep going — letting the hijackers and, probably, their leader Abu Abbas, get away.