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Ackerman marks Goldwasser-Regev anniversary

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) marked the first anniversary of Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers. Ackerman, who sponsored a non-binding resolution that passed overwhelmingly in March calling for the immediate release of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev as well as Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in June 2006, entered his statement into the Congressional Record on July 12, the anniversary of the cross-border Hezbollah raid that launched last summer’s Israel-Lebanon war. “Both of these vicious terrorist organizations, which constantly proclaim their adherence to religion and morality, have denied these three Israeli soldiers contact with the Red Cross or Red Crescent, or direct contact with their families,” Ackerman said. “Thus they show the true content of their beliefs. Thus they show the world what their vainglorious proclamations amount to: cynical cruelty and cold calculation.”