August 25, 2003
Israel returned the bodies of two Hizbullah terrorists to Lebanon this afternoon. The corpses are those of terrorists killed in the 1980’s in clashes with IDF forces in Lebanon – clashes in which no Israelis were killed.
Today’s move is described as a “confidence-building gesture” towards Hizbullah, in anticipation of a successful conclusion to ongoing negotiations. Israel is hoping to obtain information – or more – on its missing-in-action soldiers and civilians in Lebanon. These include Elchanan Tenenbaum, abducted by Hizbullah almost three years ago in Abu Dhabi; the bodies of three soldiers abducted by Hizbullah terrorists on the Israeli-Lebanon border around the same time; and Zechariah Baumel, Yehuda Katz, Tzvi Feldman, and Ron Arad, who have not been seen since their apparent capture in Lebanon in the early 1980’s.