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Sunday, August 20, 2006

UN 'officials' promoting 'prisoner swap deal'

Two senior UN officials arrived in our region over the weekend to promote a 'prisoner swap deal.' So much for the preparatory paragraph of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that called for "the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers."

The UN officials - senior envoy Terje Roed-Larsen and Vijay Nambiar - met Sunday with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, parliamentary speaker Nabih Beri and other senior government officials before departing for Israel.

"We discussed the prisoner issues with most Lebanese leaders," Nambiar said, noting that the matter deserves further consideration. "This will be a central issue of discussion also at our next stop [Israel]."

Larsen said he hopes that the cease-fire will lead to a regional peace agreement. He also noted that the UN team and Lebanese officials agreed on a body to coordinate between the Lebanese army and government and UNIFIL forces.

While in Lebanon, Larsen and Nambiar also discussed the issue of Lebanon's borders and the Shaba Farms dispute.
With whom do Larsen and Nambiar propose to negotiate 'Lebanon's borders'? I don't recall seeing that Damascus is on their agenda.

I can't wait to hear how many thousands of prisoners terrorists they propose that we give up in return for two of our remaining prisoners in Lebanon (Regev and Goldwasser). Yes, two of our remaining prisoners. For those who have forgotten, Ron Arad was shot down over Lebanon in 1986, and Zach Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz were taken prisoner after the battle of Sultan Yaqub in 1982. (For the record, Guy Hever - whom you will see mentioned at that last link - is presumed to be held by Syria if he is alive - he went missing on the Golan Heights). No one in Israel knows where they are today or whether they are alive. By the way, Baumel is an American citizen.

Anyone think the UN will insist that we at least get all of our prisoners back? I don't.


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