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Monday, June 16, 2008

Goldwasser and Regev may be returned as soon as Friday

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar and the Saudi-owned London Arabic daily al-Sharq al-Awsat both reported on Monday that kidnapped IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev might be back in Israel as soon as Friday in exchange for Lebanese murderer Samir al-Kuntar. If Goldwasser and Regev are alive.
Zvi Regev, the father of captured IDF reservist Eldad Regev said Monday that Ofer Dekel, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's point man on the prisoner issue, told the families of the captured reservists that there would be prisoner swap deal with Hizbullah.

"Ofer Dekel told us in a general way that there would be a deal, that there was an agreement and that's it," Regev told Israel Radio, following reports of an imminent prisoner exchange.

Regev said that the families met Dekel two weeks ago, adding that their sons' condition "is still unknown."

Earlier Monday, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar said that a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hizbullah was now extremely close since real progress has been made in the mediation efforts of a German intelligence official.


Hizbullah neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Israel Radio reported that Kuntar's brother Bassam said that the family were already preparing a welcoming ceremony for Samir.

Regarding the reports, Regev said, "My feeling is quite good but I am always hoping it will be better. The fact that there is some sort of progress already gives us hope."

Regev also pointed out that the families "know that Ehud and Eldad were wounded," but stressed that they did not know to what extent.

"No one really knows. If they were treated, then they survived, If not, we only hope that they did [survive], and that we will see Ehud and Eldad at home."

Regarding the release of Kuntar, Regev said, "I don't want to go into the deal itself, if it will include Samir Kuntar of not. Our hope is that they strike a deal and that it will be successful and we will eventually see our sons return home, God willing."

Dekel is reportedly holding talks in Europe and Olmert himself is expected to meet the family of missing airman Ron Arad in the coming days.
The reason for the meeting with Arad's family is that Kuntar was supposed to be exchanged for information about Arad.

I believe Goldwasser and Regev are dead (as you can see from one of the links above). Hezbullah knows that Israel will not want to exchange Kuntar for dead bodies. If the government does that, they won't even make it to an election. So Hezbullah is going to try to delay letting Israel find out Goldwasser and Regev's condition for as long as possible, and hope it is too late to cancel the exchange. Hopefully, the IDF's intelligence division is smart enough not to fall for that.

More coverage at Haaretz and YNet, which claims that Israel is awaiting Hezbullah's answer to its 'final offer.'


At 3:42 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

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At 3:44 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Release Kuntar

And the MOMENT his is welcomed home attack the location with a cluster muntions

It's time to realize the enemies of Israel truly HATE her.

Groups like Hamas & Hezbollah do not seek live and let live.. they seek the DESTRUCTION of the Jewish people.

It's time to re-educate them, it's time to teach conditioned response...

Terror does not pay..

Kill Kuntar and his family WHILE they celebrate his return.


At 7:54 PM, Blogger Thud said...

I'm happy to go with the above suggestion..people who threaten Israel no longer fear that there will be a price to pay.

At 7:59 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

with nano technology we could simply inject something into him that would detonate INSIDE him

that would be a good thing too...

At 11:09 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev would exchange their lives for a murderer. And the kind of exchange Hezbollah wants isn't worthy of them. They're probably dead and in the absence of "proof of life" Israel should keep Samir Kuntar where he belongs - behind bars.

At 6:30 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Israel should keep Samir Kuntar where he belongs - behind bars.

Samir deserves to have his head crushed with a rock

and buried in a pig's skin in an unmarked grave


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