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Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser came home today–to be buried. Despite the what the Israel government is “spinning,” the two were ALIVE when they were captured just two years ago. As Israel Insider reports:

Exactly two years ago, a few days after Goldwasser and Regev were captured, the Israel government cabinet secretary Attorney Yisrael Maimon, convened a press briefing following the Israel government cabinet meeting, which this reporter attended, in which Maimon reported to the media that the Goldwasser and Regev were captured alive.

Maimon held at least 12 more briefings over the next few months in which he declared that Goldwasser and Regev were captured alive.

Maimon told the media that he relied on Israeli intelligence data which confirmed that the two Israeli POW’s were captured alive.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, acting as an independent envoy, along with the Red Cross and the UN, all confirmed that Israeli POW’s Regev and Goldwasser were alive.

Now that it is clear that Goldwasser and Regev died at the hands of Hizbullah while they were held in captivity, the responsibility for the murder of Goldwasser and Regev rests with the Hizbullah organization and with their sponsors in Syria and Iran.

It is not Hizbullah’s fault they were killed in captivity, they are animals and were just acting as such. The real fault lies in the Israel government, who botched their kidnapping from day one. None of this however is important today, today we feel for the families who are mourning the death of their loved ones.

Cries of horror sounded at the Regev and Goldwasser homes Wednesday, as family members witnessed the TV broadcast of the prisoner exchange, in which the coffins of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were shown being turned over to the Red Cross.Eldad Regev’s aunt, Hanna, collapsed upon seeing the images of her nephew’s coffin and was attended to by Magen David Adom paramedics, which were standing by. ..Many Family members and friends of Eldad’d flocked to the family’s home, once the news confirming he was dead began to spread. The visitors held and impromptu vigil outside the residence, lighting numerous memorial candles. Earlier, the Goldwasser residence in Nahariya was packed full of reporters since the early hours of the morning. “We’re waiting for this saga to end, Shlomo Goldwasser, Udi’s father, told them earlier.”This will all be over in a few hours and that would be the biggest win, for us and for the people of Israel.” The families, he added, had no information regarding the captives’ situation: “If (Hizbullah Chief Sheikh Hassan) Nasrallah’s greatest achievement is keeping us in the dark, than he can have it and as many like that as he wants. If he considered uncertainty as an achievement than I pity both him and the Lebanese people.”

As for the fact the as part of the prisoner exchange deal, Israel will have to set Samir Kuntar free, Goldwasser said that “it’s important to me that the Lebanese people understand what they’ve sacrificed and for what. “They’ve lost some 800 men and their entire economy (in the Second Lebanon War) and for what? For someone who killed a four-year-old? Can someone like that be called a hero? He’s nothing more that a bastard. I hope he doesn’t sleep at all tonight,” he added. “I wasn’t prepared for the part of ‘captive’s father.’ Shlomo Goldwasser said, trying to sum up the experience of the last two year. “We dealt with it as best we could, mustering whatever strength we could. No matter the outcome I am Udi’s father and Miki is his mother. Kidnapped or not, that will never change.” Friend of IDF captive Eldad Regev flocked to the Regev residence in Kiryat Motzkin Wednesday morning, eagerly awaiting news.

Eyal Regev, Eldad’s brother, told the scores of reporters that the family was “aware of all the security and medical assessments, which presume his brother in no longer alive. “With all the immense pain involved in making this prisoner exchange deal, I’m proud of this country. Israel should be proud of the decision to bring Udi and Eldad back. We’re paying a high price for them.” Shai Shenkman, one of Eldad’s friends, told Ynet that “we feel a certain amount of satisfaction as the fact that the public pressure ran its course and after two long years the decision makers finally woke up and made sure Udi and Eldad will come home.” (Source Ynet)

“HaMakon Yenachem EtChem, B’Toch Sh’Ar Avelei Zion V’Yerushaliyim”
“May God comfort you, along with the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”

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