I hope not but it turns out that this may indeed be the case. Israeli censors have just released a report that implies that IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev may be dead.
The report was compiled by medical and military experts just a week after the cross-border ambush by Hizbollah near the Israeli village of Zaarit, in which three Israeli soldiers were killed… They analysed the position in which the two soldiers were sitting in their Humvee armoured jeep when it was hit by rocket propelled grenades concluding that one of the two men must have been critically injured and the other severely injured before being dragged across the border… The implication was that unless they received hospital treatment urgently, they would have died.
Hizballah, being the assholes that they are and in defiance of prisoner protocol followed by more civilized entitites, has out and out refused “to provide any proof of life or even discuss the issue with intermediaries from the International Committee of the Red Cross.”
This might explain Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to call a cease fire ending the war on August 14th. Once it was determined that the soldiers were likely dead, and after having received assurances that Hizballah would be contained by the UN and the Lebanese Army, there would be little point in continuing the conflict.
That having been said, the IDF is reportedly still acting on the presumption that the soldiers are alive and is continuing its efforts to bring about their return. Despite this though, the families of the kidnapped soldiers are not too pleased with the timing of the release of the report and blame it on accidental information leaks that made keeping the report secret, superfluous.
Either way, the news is sad and I send my prayers out to the families.