Israeli Cabinet Ratifies Prisoner Exchange with Hizballah; Hizballah: No Deal

(Ha'aretz) - Aluf Benn, Gideon Alon, Anshel Pfeffer, and Yoav Stern The deal approved Sunday aims to secure the return of kidnapped businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum and the bodies of Israeli soldiers Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan and Omar Suwad, kidnapped near the Israel-Lebanon border in October 2000. Israel is expected to free 20 Lebanese prisoners and 400 Palestinians in exchange. However, Hizballah sources said the deal would not be carried out without the release of Samir Kuntar, held in Israel after a 1979 attack in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya, in which he entered an apartment and murdered three family members and an Israeli police officer. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Sunday that Kuntar would not be included in the deal.

2003-11-10 00:00:00

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