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February 26, 2004
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Israeli officials are trying to reach a plea bargain with released captive Elhanan Tannenbuam. Under a reported proposal, Tannenbaum — who was just released by Hezbollah in a prisoner swap — would be released from Israeli detention in exchange for agreeing to plead guilty to three counts: use of a forged passport, contact with a foreign agent and entry to an enemy country. Tannenbaum also would give full disclosure to Israeli officials of his contacts with Hezbollah. After Tannenbaum refused to cooperate with his Israeli interrogators, some Israeli politicians said the agreement to swap some 430 Arab prisoners for Tannenbaum and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers was one of the worst mistakes in the country’s history.

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