Hezbollah Threatens More Kidnappings

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CBNNews.com - Naim Kassem, deputy chief of the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group, said they are planning to kidnap more Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers to use as bargaining chips for the release of Lebanese prisoners held by Israel.

During a "Freedom Day" rally in Beirut, Kassem said Israel would capitulate to Hezbollah's demands.

"We will continue the forceful position that influences the exchange equation and from the position of patience, considering our steps and sure to reach results," Kassem told the crowd.

Boasting about Hezbollah's performance in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Kassem said they could be proud of inflicting the first defeat suffered by the modern State of Israel since its founding in 1948.

With the backing of Syria and Iran, Kassem said, Hezbollah would continue to strengthen its standing with the Lebanese people.

Meanwhile, Karnit Goldwasser, wife of kidnapped IDF reservist Ehud Goldwasser, spoke via video to participants of a conference sponsored by the Jewish Agency to raise awareness of the kidnapped reservists.

In July 2006, Hezbollah terrorists kidnapped Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in a cross-border attack that sparked the 2006 war. Eight IDF soldiers were killed in the attack.

"The present situation is that the negotiations are completely jammed," Karnit Goldwasser said. "After a year and a half, we're in the exact spot we were a day after the kidnapping," she said.

"We travel around the world and speak to leaders and we want to know if they're alive or not, if they have a glass of water and a blanket and if they're receiving some kind of medical treatment," she said.

"I know you are trying to help, but we need to continue to act until they come home. Write letters, send e-mails, pressure political leaders and ask them to put all their effort into bringing them back," she said.

Regev's brother Benny also spoke via video conferencing from Jerusalem.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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