Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Pantheon: Acknowledging France's great men and women

Read more

#TECH 24

One heart, one tree: An app that bridges tech and the environment

Read more

FOCUS

Immigration, an American paradox

Read more

REPORTERS

Video - Abu Azrael: ‘Iraq’s Rambo’

Read more

#THE 51%

Brave women of history: French Resistance Heroines inducted into Pantheon

Read more

ENCORE!

Edith Piaf tribute's encore run, and jazz festival season in full swing

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Breaking up with the EU: Brexit or Fixit?

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Baccarat, the crystal of princes and presidents

Read more

FOCUS

The plight of civilians in Darfur's forgotten conflict

Read more

Israeli cabinet to vote on Hezbollah prisoner swap

Latest update : 2008-06-29

Israel's cabinet votes on Sunday on a possible prisoner swap with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. Officials have hinted at an upcoming release two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah in July 2006, sparking a war in Lebanon.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday his government would vote on Sunday on a prisoner swap with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group.
 

"I have decided to bring the issue to the cabinet for a decision at its next meeting on Sunday," Olmert said in a speech in parliament.
 

After meeting Olmert on Tuesday, Karnit Goldwasser, whose husband Ehud and fellow army reservist Eldad Regev were abducted by Hezbollah in a July 2006 border raid that triggered a 34-day war in Lebanon, said he had promised her a Sunday vote.
 

"I very much hope the ministers ... will make the decision to bring Udi and Eldad home," she said.
 

Through U.N.-appointed German mediator, Israel has offered to release five jailed Lebanese guerrillas in exchange for the soldiers, security sources said.
 

Hezbollah has been tight-lipped on progress in the indirect negotiations but a Lebanese political source said last week that final touches were being put on a swap deal.
 

Israel's military rabbinate said this week it was studying intelligence assessments that Goldwasser and Regev did not survive their abduction, and may declare them dead.
 

Such a move could draw pressure on Olmert from his defence chiefs to offer Hezbollah only the bodies of Lebanese fighters held in Israel, rather than live prisoners -- even at the risk of ruining the deal.
 

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Goldwasser's and Regev's condition should not be allowed to affect any deal with Hezbollah. "We have a responsibility to bring the captives home even if they are dead," he told reporters.

Date created : 2008-06-29

COMMENT(S)