Nasrallah: No Swiss Mediation to Free Kidnapped Israelis
Switzerland is not mediating to gain the release of three Israeli soldiers captured last October by the Lebanese Hizbollah movement, the movement’s chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday.
Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon asked Switzerland for help Monday to find the soldiers who were abducted from the Shabaa farms by Hizbollah fighters along with other serviceman who went missing in Lebanon, said the Daily Star newspaper.
“There is a channel which is following the process and we are waiting for the results of its work,” Nasrallah said in a statement quoted by the paper.
Germany is believed to have been mediating the release of the three soldiers as well as a fourth Israeli, Elhanan Tannenbaum.
According to the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer indicated that he could be willing to release of Lebanese Sheikh Abdel-Karim Obeid and Mustafa Dirani, who were kidnapped in 1989 and 1994 respectively.
An Israeli court ruled two weeks ago that Obeid and Dirani should be held for another month – Albawaba.com
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