Hizbullah official: Israel's approval of deal shows 'humiliating failure'

A senior Hizbullah official said Israel's approval of a prisoner swap with his group is an official admission of Israeli defeat. Hizbullah's commander in south Lebanon, Sheik Nabil Kaouk, said that the upcoming prisoner exchange shows Israel's "humiliating failure in confronting the resistance militarily and politically." Israel's cabinet approved the deal Tuesday, a day ahead of the expected return of five Lebanese prisoners in exchange for Israeli two soldiers captured by Hizbullah in July 2006. Kaouk said that he considers the approval an "official admission of defeat."