Saturday, October 15, 2011

Germany's role in Shalit prisoner swap

Ernst Uhrlau, Head of Bundesnachrichtendienst-the German intelligence agency- said Friday that the expected return of Gilad Shalit after more than five years of captivity is a huge achievement. Germany's participation in the negotiations to release the captive soldier, held in solitary confinement for over 5 years is a source of pride. Gilad will be exchanged for 1027 convicts in now Israeli jails and is expected to be returned to his family and his homeland on Tuesday.

Germany was also involved in the deal that returned the bodies of IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser to Israel in exchange for five Hezbollah terrorists in 2008.

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