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Sunday, November 09, 2003

Israeli Cabinet decides 12:11 in favor of prisoner exchange with Hezbollah

It's not for me to say if this is right or wrong, but it makes me very sad.
JPost: With a slim 1-vote majority, the cabinet passed Sunday afternoon the decision to go ahead with the Hizbullah prisoner exchange.

The resolution was passed in a meeting that was described by one minister as very emotionally charged.

The resolution, which did not specify the names of the prisoners to be released, did set out general guidelines that include the following:

- Approximately 400 prisoners and detainees will be released to Judea, Samaria and Gaza. This group will not include anybody with "blood on their hands."

- Several dozen prisoners without "blood on their hands" from Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Sudan and Libya will be released to their respective countries, with the exception of "several Lebanese prisoners who were involved in incidents in Southern Lebanon, in which IDF soldiers were killed."

Israel will also provide information regarding land-mine fields and will transfer to Lebanon dozens of Lebanese bodies as well as information regarding fallen soldiers.

Regarding Ron Arad, the resolution said that Israel reiterates its commitment to do its utmost "and never give up" until Arad is returned.

Education Minister, Limor Livnat, voted "no."

UPDATE: Hostage Deal Might Not be Carried Out