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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Iran involved in Shalit, Arad negotiations

A document released by Wikileaks discloses that a British rabbi met at Israeli's request with a brother of a military adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khameni to attempt to win the release of captured IDF soldiers Ron Arad (pictured) and Gilad Shalit.
A cable sent from the US embassy in London to the State Department in 2009 and published by WikiLeaks suggests that London rabbi Herschel Gluck met with an Iranian representative at Israel's request and discussed the fate of the Israeli soldiers.

Gluck recently told Britain's The Independent newspaper that in publishing the cables, WikiLeaks had placed the Iranian man's life in danger.

The cable describes "periodic private meetings" between Gluck and Ayatollah Syed Salman Safavi, brother of the military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Gluck described the talks as "fruitful" but refused to confirm the contents of the cable suggesting he worked for the Israeli embassy in London. He did note that Tehran was aware of the contacts.

In response to a query from Rabbi Gluck about Shalit, Ayatollah Safavi was reported to have "reacted furiously, referencing numerous recent Palestinian deaths in Gaza and saying 'there can be no agreement after Gaza'," The Independent reported.

The rabbi noted the outburst "was the most negative he had ever seen Safavi in their multi-year relationship, but that this may well be posturing for negotiating purposes".

Gluck told the paper that the cable jeopardized the two's attempts "to build bridges and find solutions to difficult issues".
Note that the cable was from 2009 and the Prime Minister then was Binyamin Netanyahu. But Bibi is doing nothing to release Gilad Shalit. Just ask Shalit's father Noam.


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At 5:15 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

But Bibi is doing nothing to release Gilad Shalit. Just ask Shalit's father Noam.

are you, Carl, in favour of exchanging mass murderers in exchange for Gilat ?

if we accept Hamas demands Gilad is free in 1 hour, but at what price....

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Chrysler 300M,

Of course not! (How long have you been reading this blog?).

Aside from that, I don't think Hamas knows what their demands are and I don't believe they will ever willingly release Shalit.

I am willing to 'trade' them one terrorist - and then target that terrorist as soon as he returns to wherever he is going.

And then I'd flatten all the Hamas installations in Gaza for good measure.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Thud said...

Carl..an elegant solution.


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