Prisoner/Hostage Deal: Some Want In, Some Want Out

An IDF delegation has set off for Germany to confirm that the three bodies Hizbullah is sending to Germany are indeed those of the three soldiers killed by the terrorist organization 40 months ago.

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An IDF delegation has set off for Germany to confirm that the three bodies Hizbullah is sending to Germany are indeed those of the three soldiers killed by the terrorist organization 40 months ago. The delegation, headed by IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Weiss and Abu Kabir Forensic Institute head Prof. Yehuda Hiss, is bringing DNA samples of the family members of the fallen soldiers Adi Avitan, Benny Avraham and Omar Souad.

The bodies will arrive in Germany together with the captive Elchanan Tenenbaum, who was abducted by Arab agents while he was on a business trip shortly after the three were killed. After the identification is completed, they will be flown, with Tenenbaum, to Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. While the three bodies are received in an official military ceremony, Tenenbaum will be whisked away to a private room in the airport, where he will meet with his family, be given a medical examination - and then undergo the standard debriefing given Israelis held captive by foreign elements. The questioning session will also cover the questionable circumstances under which he originally arrived in Abu Dhabi, where he was apparently abducted.

Sometime tomorrow as well, 400 PA terrorists held in Israeli prison will be released at various checkpoints in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, while the 36 other Arabs to be released will be flown to Germany. Among the terrorists to be released are Mustafa Dirani, who held Ron Arad captive under torturous conditions for well over a year, as well as four Lebanese who killed IDF soldiers during the course of combat. Three terrorists, including one from Morocco who says he has formed a family here, have asked not to be freed in the framework of this deal.

On the other hand, an Israeli Jew who spied for Hizbullah, Nissim Nasser of Holon, is seeking to be included in the list of terrorists to be released by Israel. Convicted in November 2002 of passing information to Hizbullah and sentenced to six years imprisonment, his father is a Lebanese Muslim and his mother is Jewish. He immigrated to Israel from Lebanon ten years ago under the Law of Return.

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) issued a call today to his fellow MKs not to attend the ceremony welcoming the three fallen IDF soldiers. Eldad said that the MKs - all of whom have been invited to the event - should boycott it instead. "If someone wants to show his last respects, he can attend their funerals," the MK said today. "There is good reason not to attend this ceremony of surrender to Hizbullah, as Sharon tries to 'spin' it into a celebration of success."

Noam Federman, the Hevron resident who is currently the only Jew being held without charges under administrative detention, has petitioned the Supreme Court to halt the release of 60 Arab detainees in the recently announced deal with the Lebanese Hizbullah. Alternatively, Federman demands that he be released from detention as well, as the exclusive release of Arab administrative detainees constitutes unjust discrimination.



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