Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Remember Cpt. Shalit?

I hope the young men will come out of this relatively unscathed, but apparently, he's still alive. That's one good news. Mahmoud Abbas has been brokering his release but there are some obstacles:
An adviser to Mr Abbas told the Guardian that all Palestinian politicians were united on the need to free the Israeli soldier and stop all violence in Gaza, but the obstacles were the Israeli government and the Hamas leadership in Damascus.
"The problem is that both Islamic Jihad and Hamas have to seek the advice of their political bureaux in Damascus and we are waiting for their response," he said.

...the Gaza crisis was quickly overshadowed by Hizbullah's attack on Israel's northern border. The depth of the crisis in Lebanon has reduced the pressure on Gaza and made Israel more amenable to a solution, according to Mr Abbas's aide. Earlier this month, Yuval Diskin, the head of Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, met Mr Abbas in Jordan.
According to the aide, Israel is willing to release Palestinian prisoners in return for Cpl Shalit but insists the exchange will not be simultaneous and its release of prisoners will be described as a "goodwill gesture" and not as a direct exchange
This has been accepted by Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister, and the Hamas political movement but not by Khaled Meshal, the Hamas leader in Damascus. Mr Meshal wields considerable power because he controls funds donated by Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. The military wing of Hamas, which is holding Cpl Shalit, is particularly dependent on the money from Mr Meshal.
Mr Meshal is susceptible to pressure from his host, Syria. "It appears that Syria's main concern is the investigation into the murder of the Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq Hariri. If Syria could be assured that the investigation does not continue, there are indications that Syria would be willing to be helpful on many issues, not just the release of Israeli soldiers," Mr Abbas's aide said.

Thanks to Kel for posting this first, read the full article HERE.


Blogger Kel said...


The good news is that he is still alive. No thanks to the actions of the Israeli army.

Now we have to hope that both sides can negotiate his safe release.

I dread to think how his parents must be feeling. And to think all this madness started with the kidnap of this young man.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Kel, the first World War started with the assassination of this Grand duke guy ('guy' yeah, that sounds intelligent, sorry, I forgt the 'guys' name lol) but after all, I do believe this was a triggering incident used to justify the attacks.. as in, talking about Israel now. What's new, when a country wants to do something it just waits for the opportune moment to do it..what's new!

3:57 PM  
Blogger KT said...

Hi Ingrid,

I realize your sympathies lie with the Lebanese, but it appears from the words of the Canadian that was killed on U.N. duty that BOTH parties have been pushing for quite some time so it is not a case of only the Israelies looking for an opportunity to wreak havoc.

"(2) I have been here for nine months of a one-year tour of duty. Since I have arrived here in Lebanon, this current incident is the fourth I have seen and by far the most spectacular and intensive.
• The first was 21 Nov 05, when the Hezbollah tried to capture IDF soldiers from an IDF observation position overlooking the Wazzani river near the town of Ghajjar on the Blue Line. This action was unsuccessful and resulted in the deaths of the Hezbollah raiding force.
• On 01 Feb 06, a young shepherd boy was Killed by an IDF patrol near an abandon goat farm called Bastarra. Hassan Nasrallah (note: Hezbollah's leader) vowed that there would be consequences to this action. Team Sierra was tasked on 2 Feb 06, to assist in the investigation of the incident, and we sent one team to do so while the other team conducted its normal mobile patrolling activities.
• On 03 Feb 06, a limited engagement took place initiated by the Hezbollah on several of the IDF defensive positions located in occupied Lebanon.
• Then on 28 May, the Islamic Jihad (PLO) fired rockets from South Lebanon, into Israel, which elicited an immediate aerial bombardment of positions near our patrol base and in the Bekka valley."

My condolences to the family of Maj. Hess-Von Kruedener.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

KT, sympathies with ordinary Lebanese, I am not fully sold on Hezbullah, even if you think that is the case. I hope to check out your link later tonight and would gladly put it in a post.

6:31 PM  

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