Hezbollah & Israel: Progress over prisoner swap

26May08

Lebanon, Nasrallah, Hezbollah, Speech, BeyrouthHezbollah, one of the fastest growing political and armed movement in our times with successes of gaining vocal power in Lebanon just recently, has achieved another grand step forward in swapping Lebanese Durze Samir Kuntar and Nissim Nasser, Yehia Skaff, and Ali Farratan, a fisherman from Israeli jails, in return for the two Israeli army soldiers captured in 2006, reservists Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev, and Israeli Air Force pilot Ron Arad captured in 1986.

“A German mediator conducted talks with Hezbollah’s officials last week in Beirut,” sources said, noting the possibility of real results.

The source stressed that one may take solace in the fact that Nasrallah, in the sole sentence in which he referred to any prisoner exchange, did not mention the release of Palestinian prisoners, as he has consistently done in the past. Sayed Nasrallah’s demand for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel has, in the past, been the main obstacle standing in the way of an agreement between Israel and Hezbollah. 

As was reported in Haaretz last week, Israel has made it clear, via the German mediator, that it would not release Palestinian prisoners in an exchange with a Lebanese organization. Israel explained that the negotiations surrounding the prisoner exchange was underway within the framework of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, the resolution that ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah, which applies only to Lebanon, and not to the Palestinian Authority. 

The way I (personally) see it, Israel is in a pickle, seeing Hezbollah gaining political gains in Lebanon, and Hezbollah being a constant nuissance to Israel, and frankly an annoying bugger; it’s about time Israel made some concessions towards Lebanon.

The Lebanese people, in it’s majority, would like to see a fair, just and mutual settlement between Israel and Lebanon.

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8 Responses to “Hezbollah & Israel: Progress over prisoner swap”

  1. 1 Tfeh!

    Although I would love to see an equitable and fair peace with our neighbors from the south and those from the north; I dread the kind of celebrations Hizbollah will have once Kuntar is freed. I put Kuntar in the same “khaneh” as Moughnieh.

  2. 2 Arutz

    Or even better yet, Conscrtruct a 5 lane highway, Berut / Tel Aviv

  3. 3 Mar Salem

    Inno shou baddak enno inkoul… Mabrouk La Hezbollah?

    Are they going to attack us everytime they disagree with a decision in government?

  4. 4 Marc - Montreal

    I am not goin to sit here and analyse whats going to happen. All I know is that summer is comming, events are shrooming in “Beyrouth”, and I will be there. Enfin, see you guys at a party, Mireille vous etes l’invitee, and not quarelling on Politics.

  5. 5 Mireille

    Khayy les comments sont back. :-p

    to what do we owe Monsieur J ?

  6. 6 Fadi

    Ca fait du plaisir pour entendre des relations avec Israel, specialement que c’est Nasrallah qui le fait pour nous.

  7. 7 B.S.

    Elie, Israel is used to Hamas,
    but like jester ssaid, if they are thinking about peace, than thank God! we r all tiered from all this politics.

  8. 8 Elie Machaal

    Jester,
    The only reason this is all happening is because they were put into pressure.

    Thanks for the comments back.


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