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Israel Trades More Terrorists For Remains

From the Agence France-Presse:

A Hezbollah militant plants his group’s flag on a billboard bearing the images of captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser (right) and Eldad Regev on the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab village near the Lebanon-Israel border in 2007.

Israel approves prisoner swap with Hezbollah

by Marius Schattner

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli cabinet gave its green light on Sunday for a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah, even though two soldiers captured by the Lebanese militia two years ago are known to be dead…

Israel is seeking the return of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser or their remains. The two were captured by Hezbollah guerrillas in a deadly cross-border raid on July 12, 2006 that sparked a devastating 34-day war in Lebanon.

At the start of the session, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on ministers to approve the proposed prisoner exchange even though the two soldiers were dead…

The heads of the Shin Beth internal security agency and of the Mossad foreign intelligence agency had urged ministers to vote against the deal…

The proposed deal has drawn criticism in Israel because it is believed to include the release of Lebanese prisoner Samir Kantar, who is currently serving a life sentence for killing two men and a four-year-old girl in a 1979 attack in northern Israel.

Kantar, a member of the Palestine Liberation Front, was sentenced in 1980 to 542 years in prison.

Olmert said Hezbollah’s goal from the very beginning had been to secure the release of Kantar

Under the deal, Israel would release four more Lebanese prisoners, and hand over the bodies of eight Hezbollah fighters buried in Israel, an official said. "A certain number" of Palestinian prisoners would also be freed

On June 1, Israel freed and deported to Lebanon a convicted Hezbollah spy and the Shiite militant group handed over the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in 2006.

Last October, Israel handed over a Hezbollah prisoner and the remains of two militants in return for the body of an Israeli and information on the fate of airman Ron Arad, missing since 1986…

The largest prisoner swap took place in January 2004 when Israel released 400 Palestinians and 31 other people, including 23 Lebanese, in exchange for an Israeli reservist and the remains of three Israeli soldiers.

Once again the Israelis are giving back live terrorists for dead soldiers.

It is an understandable sentiment, of course.

But it’s also a sure way to guarantee still more dead soldiers and civilians.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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