DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2004
The Israeli-Hizballah POW-abductees-DIA deal going into effect Thursday is even more lopsided than first reported, as discovered by debkafile's intelligence sources from unpublished elements of the accord. Tuesday, January 27, the Israeli government published the lists of prisoners to be released two days hence for the bodies of three Israeli soldiers kidnapped three years ago by the Hizballah on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border and businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum. Our sources have discovered that not only Germany, but France, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece and the Netherlands are "contributing" to the victory parade the Hizballah chief is stage-managing in Lebanon to celebrate the successful outcome of the deal. These European countries are preparing to release Iranian, pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian Lebanese, Hizballah and other prisoners under sentence for assorted terror-linked crimes dating from the 1980s, mostly against American and Israeli targets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2004
The original date of publication for prisoner swap between the Hizballah and Israel was Friday, January 30, after it had begun - or even the next day, post factum, according to debkafile's Middle East sources. However, Israeli's POW negotiator Brig. (ret) Ilan Biran warned the German mediator, Ernest Uhrlau, that once the deal was in the bag it could not be kept dark that long. In Israel, unlike Lebanon, prime minister Ariel Sharon is required to bring important decisions before his coalition government, a sure recipe for leaks to the media. Uhrlau passed the warning on to the Hizballah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah, who on the spot agreed to bring publication forward by six days to Saturday night, January 24.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2004
The announcement Saturday, January 24, only marked the end of Part One of the agonizing, frequently-stalled negotiations for the exchange of prisoners, abductees and bodies between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hizballah. The tireless German mediator, Ernest Uhrlau, said he had every reason to hope that the second part would also reach closure in two to three months, bringing to an end a series of murky episodes going back more than twenty years. Promising though this may sound, Part Two is still covered by a dense shadow of intrigue and uncertainty because of four factors revealed here by debkafile's intelligence sources:
First disclosure: The key figure in the breakthrough was the Lebanese Druse leader Walid Jumblatt. He became involved in the sensitive Part Two of the transaction (details of which are blacked out by an Israeli court gag order) because the most hotly disputed Lebanese prisoner, Samir Kuntar, incarcerated since 1979 for murdering three Israelis in Nahariya, is a Lebanese Druse who will not be released with the first group.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2001
Those fragments, according to debkafile's military sources, were handed to the bereaved families by Chief Personnel Officer of the IDF, together with the recommendation to regard the men as lost in action. That recommendation has not been accepted.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2001
debkafile's intelligence sources have consistently claimed that the Hizballah never vouchsafed the slightest scrap of information because the group never held the three men, or the Israeli businessman Elhanan Tanenboim who was kidnapped in Europe at about the same time. This publication was alone in contending that the abduction was set up by the former Hizballah master hostage-taker Imad Mughniyeh, at present senior terror adviser to the Iranian supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and in close association with Osama bin Laden. Their complete disappearance is accounted for by their removal from Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2001
The captured Israelis are now believed to have been handed over to the Saudi billionaire terrorist Osama Bin Laden, who may be holding them in one of his secret bases in Afghanistan. There is no information about the men's state of health or wounds. Following the kidnapping last October of the four men - three soldiers on the Lebanese border and Tannenbaum outside the country - debkafile revealed for the first time that the notorious Lebanese hostage-taker Imad Mughniyeh was behind the snatch - not the Hizballah.
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