Israel Readies for 'Prisoner Exchange'

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Although Israel expects to receive only the remains of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in exchange for five living Lebanese prisoners and the remains of some 200 Lebanese and Palestinians terrorists buried in Israel, preparations for Wednesday's exchange are underway.

Samir Kuntar, serving four consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders of a father, his four-year-old daughter and an Israeli policeman in 1979, is the most well known of the Lebanese prisoners being released.

Hezbollah dubbed the exchange "Radwan Operation," after arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, known in the street as Hajj Radwan, who was killed last February in Damascus by a bomb rigged in his car.

Hezbollah blamed Israel for the assassination.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway in Lebanon to welcome Kuntar and the four other prisoners, who will be flown by a Lebanese army helicopter to Beirut, where they will be welcomed home in an official state ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah will speak at a mass rally in the city.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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