Hamas terrorists 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shortly after kidnapping Gilad Schalit in 2006, Hezbollah sent Hamas a
report detailing how to successfully broker a prisoner swap deal with
Israel, Hamas said on Saturday.
Hamas' political bureau and negotiating team said they
studied the report thoroughly, and credited it with helping them
successfully secure the release of 1,027 prisoners from Israeli
prisons in exchange for the captive soldier.
Gilad Schalit expected back in Israel on Tuesday
Mashaal discusses prisoner swap with Egypt's intel chief
Hezbollah's experience and success in trading kidnapped Israelis is rather extensive.
2000, three Israeli soldiers, Adi Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar
Sawaidwere were kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah in a cross-border
in 2000, Hezbollah kidnapped Elhanan Tannenbaum, a businessman and
IDF reserve colonel who traveled to Lebanon illegally to carry
out a drug deal. Tannenbaum was held by Hezbollah until 2004, when he
was released alive, along with the bodies of Avitan, Avraham, and
Sawaidwere in exchange for more than 400 security prisoners in Israeli
In 2006 when Hezbollah conducted
another cross-border raid, killing several Israeli soldiers, and
kidnapping Eldad Regev, and Ehud Goldwasser, an incident that served as a catalyst for the Second Lebanon War.
The bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were only returned to Israel in 2009,
in exchange for the release of a long list of prisoners.