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September 07, 2006

Reminder: UN Resolution 1701 Calls For Release of Israelis

The release of Eldad Regev: Not Just an Israeli 'Demand'

U.N. Resolution 1701, which put the cease-fire in place between Israel and Hezbollah, calls for "the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers," but you wouldn't know this from reading recent wire stories which mention the Israeli prisoners.

This AFP article today, about the imminent end of Israel's air and sea blockade on Lebanon , for example, mentions the two Israelis, stating:

Israel's planned move also raised the ire of the families of the two soldiers seized by Hezbollah guerillas on July 12 and who remain captive despite the ceasefire.

And, although the article extensively discusses the ceasefire resolution, it fails to mention that Hezbollah is violating the resolution by not releasing the soldiers unconditionally. But AFP's Jocelyne Azblit doesn't hold back when it comes to reporting Israeli ceasefire violations:

Lebanese officials blasted the continuing blockade as a violation of UN Resolution 1701 . . .

AP didn't fair much better. In an article today, also about the lifting of the blockade, Sam F. Ghattas resorts to the old "Israel demand" formula:

But a deal on the thorniest unresolved issue the return of two Israeli soldiers whose July 12 capture sparked the fighting will be far more difficult to broker. Israel has demanded their unconditional release, but Hezbollah has insisted on a prisoner swap.

Posted by TS at September 7, 2006 07:24 AM


You said it. It's my belief that the U.N. is clearly U.N.-Reliable. They're simply a front for anti-semitism in Europe (witness the countless anti-israel resolutions, never denouncing terrorism).

And we'll never see the enforcement of 1701 or 1696. It would be too inconvenient for the Islamofascists. Great post!

Posted by: N.B. Goldstein at September 7, 2006 03:05 PM

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