Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Setting them free?

Earlier this week, reports out of Lebanon insinuated that kidnapped Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were on the verge of being released as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah.

Yesterday, the families of the two men threw cold water on the news when interviewed by the Israeli media. Here's what the J-Post reported:

The families of kidnapped reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser said Monday that they had only heard of the possibility of an impending prisoner swap deal that would see their sons released from Lebanon in exchange for terrorist Samir Kuntar from the Lebanese media.

"These are only foreign reports, that we too are only updated of via the media," the families announced. "We did not receive any message or new information from official sources in Jerusalem."

"We are hopeful that this time there is truth to the reports and Udi and Eldad's homecoming is indeed nearing," the families said. "However, we must remain mindful of the fact that similar past reports have been disproved."

In related news, Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas, penned a letter to his family. The undated letter was obtained by the Carter Center and delivered to Shalit's family after negotiations with the terrorist organization. The letter has sparked renewed hope in the Schalit household that Gilad is still alive. However, his father, Noam Schalit, said in the letter his son "pleads for his life" and seemed to indicate he was in "distress."

Read the report from The CJN here.


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