Sunday, June 29, 2008


Israel agrees to prisoner swap with Hezbollah

In order to retrieve two Israeli Army reservists, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were captured by Hezbollah in July 2006, thus sparking the infamous "Summer War" between Israel and the terrorist group, the Israeli cabinet has agreed to a prisoner swap arranged by the country's prime minister, Ehud Olmert.

Hezbollah hasn't made any comment on the condition of the two soldiers, and Israel is convinced the two are likely dead. In exchange for the bodies of Goldwasser and Regev, the Israelis will release five Lebanese prisoners. Among those is Samir Kuntar, a name that resonates in Israel, but not in the rest of the world.

On April 22, 1979, Kuntar took part in a raid on Israeli town of Nahariya, not far from the border with Lebanon. To make a long, tragic story short, Kuntar grabbed Danny Haran and his four-year-old daughter Einat from their apartment and dragged them to a nearby beach. He then shot Danny Haran and dashed four-year-old Einat's head against a rock.

Back in the Haran apartment, Danny's wife Smadar was hiding in a crawlspace, trying to keep her two-year-old daughter Yael from crying out and alerting another group of terrorists. Tragically, in trying to save Yael, Smadar actually smothered her to death.

Kuntar was captured by Israeli police, confessed to the crimes and is serving four life sentences. (Israel does not use capital punishment, with the exception of Adolf Eichmann in 1962) And now he will be released to Hezbollah.

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