"They are not bargaining chips for the return of the soldier. It was simply an operation against a terrorist organisation," an army spokeswoman said. "They will be investigated, brought before a judge to extend their detention and charge sheets will be prepared."Israel is now collectively punishing, that is bombarding, the Palestinians in Gaza supposedly on account of the seizure of an Israeli soldier. And yet the seizure of the Hamas leaders has nothing to do with it. Who then does Israel want to release this soldier it cares so much about?
June 29, 2006
Hamas leaders kidnapped
Israel has seized Hamas cabinet members according to Reuters. See this: