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Kidnapped soldier Eldad Regev
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Eldad Regev calls on ministers to support swap deal
Kidnapped soldier's brother says Regev family supports Goldwasser's letter to prime minister, adds government losing ability to determine whether captured soldiers still alive. 'We simply must return them now,' he says
Kidnapped soldier Eldad Regev's family members said on Thursday that they support the letter sent by Miki Goldwasser, kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser's mother, to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

 

Eldad Regev's brother Eyal told Ynet that he calls on government and cabinet members "not to miss this opportunity, and vote for the deal as soon as possible. We simply must return them now, because there is no other way to remove this terrible doubt from our lives."

 

In her letter to Olmert Miki Goldwasser called on the cabinet ministers to vote in favor of the deal when it is discussed on Sunday. According to her, if Samir Kuntar had been released during the previous deal, the kidnapping never would have occurred.

 

Eldad Regev said the families support Miki Goldwasser. He added that the letter insinuates that even now the country's leaders cannot determine to any degree of certainty the physical condition of the two soldiers, or whether they are even among the living.

 

Regarding Kuntar, Regev said the family members understand the pain and the dilemma surrounding his release, "but we must remember that since he has been in prison, Israel has detained dozens, if not hundreds, of 'Samir Kuntars'."

 

During the past week many details on the forming deal have been published, including the possibility that Israel would release Kuntar, considered a major bargaining chip for captured navigator Ron Arad, along with several other Lebanese prisoners. According to reports, the prime minister planned to meet with Arad's family in order to update them on Hizbullah's claim that it has no further information on Arad's fate.

 

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