Report: Olmert OKs swap deal with Hizbullah
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has concluded that his country should make a swap deal with Hizbullah, a senior government official confirmed on Sunday, according to Haaretz daily.
The Israeli report comes after the Lebanese newspaper a-Diar on Thursday reported that Lebanon's senior detainee Samir Kintar has been told to pack up his belongings and prepare to return to Beirut in the near future, possibly by the end of the month. Israel had hoped Kintar would be a bargaining chip to get information from Hizbullah about the fate of missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad captured in Lebanon in 1986.
But Olmert and other senior Israeli ministers have concluded Hizbullah has no new information about Arad, despite its efforts to locate new details, the government officials said. The Israeli media said that Olmert plans to meet with the Arad family on Tuesday to inform them about the impending dea.