Israel attempted to capture the former head of Hamas’ military wing in 2008 in order to exchange him for then-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to newly released documents.
Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.
Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.
"He who wrought miracles for our fathers, and redeemed them from slavery unto freedom, may he speedily redeem us, and gather our exiles from the four corners of the earth, even all Israel united in fellowship; and let us say, Amen."
"HaMakom y'rachem ethkhem b'tokh sh'ar aveilei Tzion v'Yrushalayim"
"May G-d comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem"
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity, exchanged for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in a deal with Gaza's Hamas rulers.
Egypt's government is stepping up security at Cairo airport as it prepares to fly Palestinians freed under a prisoner exchange with Israel out of the country, an Egyptian intelligence source said on Tuesday.
Israel's Supreme Court gave the green light on Monday for a prisoner exchange with Hamas, rejecting petitions against the deal to swap hundreds of jailed Palestinians for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, officials said.
" . . . In Fairfax High School, I had a brilliant and wise instructor of advanced placement European History who used to say: 'Do not put all your faith in one man. For surely he will disappoint you.' And he also said: '40 million Frenchmen can be wrong' . . ."
The existential reality of an Israeli context, where governmental decisions often have a life and death valence, has been brought home to millions of people these past few
Having freed jailed Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar and four captive Hezbollah gunmen in exchange for two Israeli corpses, Israel is likely to face troubles bargaining down Hamas when it comes to a living hostage, Gilad Shalit
A former hostage of a Palestinian terrorist group writes that Israeli soldiers must know that if they are captured, Israel will spare no effort to bring them home
A bereaved Israeli father writes that releasing terrorists today increases the risks of more attacks tomorrow
Last September, when I interviewed Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, I was swept away by her optimism that her husband would come back alive. Just as moving was her determination to press her government and the world to arrange for his safe return. Her campaign and that of the family of Eldad Regev came to a tragic end today; as part of prisoner exchange at the Lebanon border, the bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were returned to Israel. When I read the news I immediately felt terrible for Karnit. In a story that raises big moral and geopolitical issues, she was the personal, anguished face. Her struggle became our struggle, and now her pain is our pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these men. -- Rob Eshman
For many Israelis, the timing of this week’s scheduled prisoner swap with Hezbollah serves as a bitter reminder of the failings of the Second Lebanon War. Two years since the 34-day conflagration -- sparked by Hezbollah taking two Israeli soldiers captive in a cross-border attack -- the war’s ostensible goals appear to be unrealized.
The presumptive Democratic Party candidate Sen. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on July 22 or 23 for a two- or three-day visit, Yediot Achronot reported.
ABC News leaked details last week of an ongoing international intelligence investigation with allegations that up to 20 "sleeper cell" suspects from Hezbollah were activated, including a "weapons expert" spotted at a firing range south of Toronto.