Photo: Dudu Vaaknin
Eyal Regev
Photo: Dudu Vaaknin
Photo: Reuters
Ehud Goldwasser
Photo: Reuters
Reproduction photo: Hagai Aharon
Eldad Regev
Reproduction photo: Hagai Aharon

Kidnapped troops’ families want answers

Families of soldiers held in Hizbullah captivity say ‘we do not understand why call for release of troops not included in operative part of ceasefire resolution,’ but stress that they ‘trust the government on the matter’

A day after the approval of the UN ceasefire agreement, which relates to the release of the kidnapped IDF soldiers from Hizbullah captivity only in its preface, the families of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev turned to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday demanding clarifications.


“We do not understand why the call for the release of the kidnapped soldiers is not included in the operative part of the resolution,” one family member said, but added that “we trust the government.”


Eldad’s brother Eyal told Ynet that the families asked the Prime Minister’s Office for clarifications on the agreement, adding that they are expected to meet with government officials during the week.


“In any case, I want to make it clear that we trust the government to do everything in its power to bring about my brother’s release, regardless of what is stated in the resolution,” he said.


The father of Gilad Shalit, the soldier who was kidnapped from and IDF outpost near Gaza, said he hopes that once the ceasefire comes into force his son will return to the top of Israel’s list of priorities.


“It is clear to me that at a time of war certain things are pushed aside,” Noam Shalit said. “But it has been seven weeks since the kidnapping. I hope the ceasefire will pave the way for negotiations on Gilad’s release.


Noam Shalit said he believes the issue of the two soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah was not adequately stressed in the UN resolution.


Hagai Einav contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 08.13.06, 01:30
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