Israel considering swap for captive soldiers


Israel may release Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar as part of a prisoner exchange for two captured Israeli soldiers.

Kuntar, a Druze member of the Palestine Liberation Front who murdered four Israelis in 1979, reportedly is among those who could be swapped for Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were taken captive by Hezbollah in July 2006.


Kuntar has been in an Israeli prison serving multiple life sentences for killing Danny Haran and his 4-year-old daughter, Einat, and two policemen after sneaking across the Lebanon-Israel border into the northern seaside town of Nahariya.

The exchange, first reported Wednesday in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, also could include information about Ron Arad, the Israel Air Force navigator captured after his plane went down in Lebanon in 1986, nine Lebanese prisoners and an unspecified number of Palestinian and Arab prisoners.

Hezbollah has in the past conditioned information about Arad on the release of Kuntar.



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