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Killer for Corpses By: David Bedein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Israeli army is preparing for the possibility that Israeli POW’s Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser will return to Israel in caskets.

A mystery shrouds the deaths of the two Israeli POWs. Throughout the summer of 2006, while the Israeli army fought in Lebanon, Israeli government officials briefed reporters that they had intelligence assurances that the POW’s were alive. Israeli government spokespeople declared that rescuing these POW’s was one of the purposes of the war. When and how they died in the hands of Hizbullah will remain an unanswered question.

The return of the soldiers’ bodies will not be broadcast live on television and radio.  No speeches will be made. The border crossing at Rosh Hanikra between Israel and Lebanon will be declared a closed military zone. Media coverage of the site will be severely restricted.

Family members will await the official notification in their homes. After the identification of the soldiers, they will be driven to a military camp where two tents will be made ready in advance.
If the two soldiers can be quickly identified, the signal will be given for the transfer to Lebanon of Samir Kuntar, the Lebanese terrorist who murdered an Israeli family in 1979. Since Kuntar expresses no regret for the murders, freeing him creates a new security threat to the state of Israel. Four Hizbullah members will also be returned to Lebanon, along with the coffins of 199 Arab terrorists who had been buried in Israel. 

Sources in the IDF say that, until the deal, Hizbullah will maintain quiet, but that after its completion, Nasrallah would keep his threats of revenge. IDF officials also fear that after the deal with Hizbullah is carried out on Wednesday, there will be greater chances of a revenge terror attack for Hizbullah leader Mughniyah's assassination three months ago. 

Whatever the aftermath, many are concerned that a dangerous precedent has been set. In exchange for the bodies of two murdered IDF soldiers, Israel will allow a murderer to walk free.

David Bedein, author of the forthcoming book, "Swimming Against the Mainstream", has run the Israel Resource News Agency. www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com, since 1987, at the Beit Agron Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also heads the Center for Near East Policy Research and serves as the Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, www.thebulletin.us.

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