OLMERT'S BETRAYALSby Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East Analyst & Commentator
For the string of betrayals you have placed on the back of our nation.
For the release of terrorists who will savage more Israelis.
For the crookedness that marks your life, may you be hounded until the day you die - by the Police and your victims.
On that day, may your remains be used as a bargaining chip for Jewish hostages you have created.
IF the radical Islamists chose to scatter your bones across the desert. You deserve no less! That is what the tyrant Herod was worried about. His tomb was raided and his bones were not found.
May the rest of your life be long and in pain.
Sharon is experiencing the rewards of his betrayal - a living death for what he has done to the valiant, pioneering Jewish people.
May you share his fate!
COMMENTS BY EMANUEL WINSTON
Israel long knew its kidnapped troops were dead/ Olmert dropped bombshell just before vote on prisoner-swap dealBy Aaron Klein Posted: July 10, 2008 12:00 am Eastern
TEL AVIV -Israel has had information the past two years indicating the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by the Hezbollah terror group in 2006 were most likely dead, WND has learned.
It wasn't until two weeks ago that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert finally told the Knesset that Israeli intelligence strongly believed the abducted army reservists - Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev - were killed during the Hezbollah raid, which sparked Israel's 2006 war against the terrorist group in Lebanon.
Olmert dropped the bombshell just before the Knesset began voting on whether to approve a controversial prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah that would see the release of the two abducted soldiers.
Since 2006, Olmert's associates as well as the families of Goldwasser and Regev waged public relations campaigns building up the concept of making a deal with Hezbollah to free the kidnapped soldiers. The families, believing the two men were alive, appeared frequently in the Israeli media petitioning the government to do more to bring about Regev's and Goldwasser's freedom.
But according to informed security sources, the intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces as well as other Israeli security organizations estimated the soldiers were dead almost from the start of the 2006 war.
Immediate Israeli probes two years ago found a large amount of blood at the scene of the abductions near the Israeli border, indicating the reservists sustained serious, likely life-threatening injuries.
Further information obtained from other sources, including visits to Hezbollah by foreign dignitaries and humanitarian organizations, revealed no signs of life from the two soldiers.
The conclusion Regev and Goldwasser are likely dead was not reached in the past few months but at least over a year ago, informed security sources told WND.
In a controversial deal, Olmert's government two weeks ago agreed to a prisoner swap with the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group under which the bodies of Goldwasser and Regev would be released in exchange for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar and four captured Lebanese guerrillas.
Kuntar, considered a hero in the greater terrorist community, is currently serving four life sentences in an Israeli prison for murdering four Israelis in a 1979 terror attack in northern Israel. He reportedly sent Hezbollah a letter from his Israeli prison cell indicating he would like to join the Lebanese terror group once he is freed from prison.
As part of the exchange, Israel will provide Hezbollah with information regarding four missing Iranian diplomats and also release an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners and bodies.
This past weekend, WND broke the story that as part of the prisoner swap Israel agreed to release the body of an infamous Palestinian terrorist glorified in Palestinian society and in the greater Palestinian terrorist community as one of its most significant heroes.
WND obtained official communications from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization asking all sections of the PA to prepare at the highest levels for celebrations, festivities and even symbolic funerals marking Israel's release of the body of Dalal al-Mughrabi.
In March 1978, Mugharbi, a female terrorist, led and planned an attack in which she and 10 other Palestinians infiltrated Israel by sea, landed on a beach, killed an American photographer [GAIL Rubin, the niece of Senator Abe Ribakoff]] and then hijacked a crowded bus.
Israeli forces pursued the bus, sparking a long shooting battle in which the terrorists fired from bus windows at nearby passenger cars, killing several Israelis. Eventually, the terrorists blew up the bus in a suicide operation, killing themselves and a total of 36 civilians.
Israel kept the remains of Mughrabi and the other terrorists in part so that Palestinian society would not make shrines of their burial places.
Mughrabi has long been glorified as one of the most important "martyrs" in Palestinian society. Official PA institutions, such as girls' schools and police training camps, bear her name. Songs and poems in her honor are routinely broadcast on PA television and radio.
Fatah's declared military wing, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, named a cell after Mughrabi. The cell, which is still active, perpetuated numerous shootings and suicide bombings.
The Israel-Hezbollah deal was opposed by all of Israel's major intelligence agencies, including the Mossad and the Shin Bet Security Services.
Security officials argued the exchange will encourage further kidnapping and also endanger Israelis kidnapped in the future, since terrorists will learn Israel will pay a high price for dead soldiers. The deal is also expected to raise the price Hamas will demand for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The security officials also opposed the deal because they said it empowers Hezbollah and the group's Iranian and Syrian backers. As well, security officials argued, the deal allows Hezbollah to expand its scope of influence, since Kuntar is a member of a Palestinian terrorist group and since Israel agreed to release Palestinian prisoners as part of the exchange.
Hezbollah already has painted the exchange as a "victory," while the Lebanese government said today the deal marked a "big failure" for Israel.
"This deal ... is a new and clear condemnation for Israel, its tactics and its policies," said a Lebanese government statement last week.
Israel is known for going to extreme measures to secure the return of soldiers or their remains. The Israeli government argues such exchanges are necessary to demonstrate to soldiers they will not be left behind.
Prisoner swap 'major victory for resistance'
Israel's prisoner-swap deal with Hezbollah is a "major achievement" and "victory for the resistance in its confrontation with the Zionist authority," a senior Palestinian terrorist told WND in a recent interview.
Muhammad Abdel-Al, a leader and spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist organization, which is one of three groups holding kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, said he learned from the Israel-Hezbollah deal the Jewish state is willing to pay a "very
high price" for kidnapped soldiers.
"We will demand more for Shalit ... of course we see the value of abducting Zionist soldiers. Our resistance will do everything possible to kidnap more," Abdel-Al said.
"The deal gives us hope and confidence that our prisoners - those who have a big number of years and life sentences - will soon released," the terrorist added.