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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Cover-up: Jesse Jackson won't admit Hezbullah misled him

This story from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin came to me from the author.

Reverend Jesse Jackson was in our area last week trying to mediate a 'prisoner exchange' between Israel and Hezbullah involving kidnapped IDF troops Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. David Bedein picks up the story from there:
Rev. Jackson arrived in Israel after receiving assurances from Hezbollah that the Israeli hostages in Lebanon are alive and well, and he asked their families to be patient.

The Evening Bulletin made a personal call to him at his hotel room, with one question. Since the Red Cross had not even been allowed to visit the Israeli captives, on what basis could he say that they were alive? The saga of three kidnapped Israeli hostages who were abducted by Hezbollah in October, 2000 speaks for itself: For three years, the Israeli government and the Hezbollah and all intermediaries assured the public that all three were alive. Only after pressure was brought to bear on the Red Cross three years later did the public learn that all three Israeli hostages had been murdered shortly after their abduction by Hezbollah.

Rev. Jackson's spokesman called to say that the message had been delivered to him. Rev. Jackson then made a commitment: To return to Lebanon to ask Hezbollah for concrete proof that the two Israeli hostages are indeed alive.

Yesterday, after Rev. Jackson left Lebanon, The Evening Bulletin reached his spokesman and asked him whether Hezbollah had provided any proof that the hostages being held in Lebanon are alive. The answer: Hezbollah would not provide any proof that the two Israeli hostages are alive.

The Evening Bulletin has therefore asked Rev. Jackson two further questions:

1. Will he issue a statement that Hezbollah has refused to provide any proof that the two Israeli hostages are alive?

2. Will Rev. Jackson contact the families of the hostages to inform them of Hezbullah's refusal?

Rev. Jackson has not responded.


At 3:52 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

this will sound terrible, but israel MUST go forward with the attitude the boys are dead. Make hezbollah offer red cross visits & proof.

if the boys are dead, they have no value for trades.

Israel should continue to capture any and all terrorists that is possible, but also it should be aggressive in punishing lebanon/hezbollah and hamas/palestinians for any or all situations.

1. all international visits to all terrorists are hense forth stopped.

2. no communication from any israeli jail for terrorists.

3. basic rations only. no music, no radio, no cable, no visits of family members

this until ALL kidnapped israelis both dead and alive are returned.

tough love time...

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

what is "occupation,"

You're wrong about one thing. If the boys are dead they still do have value for trades. Look how much Israel has been willing to pay in the past for dead Jewish soldiers.

While I agree that Jewish burials are important and desireable, the desire to give our soldiers Jewish burials must be tempered by the ruling of R. Meir of Rottenberg not to ransom him or his body from prison so as not to encourage further kidnappings.


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