On July 12th, 2006, The Hizbullah terrorist organization, based in Lebanon, ambushed an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border, killing eight Israeli soldiers and capturing two Israeli soldiers – Sergeant 1st Class Ehud Goldwasser and Staff Sergeant Eldad Regev

After Israeli intelligence confirmed that Goldwasser and Regev were indeed taken alive, the Israeli government demanded their release. When that demand was not met, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon. Yisrael Maimon, the former Israeli cabinet secretary, briefed the media a few days later and announced that the Israeli army operation in Lebanon would continue until both Israeli soldiers are released. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who arrived in Beirut in late July 2006, met with Hizbullah representatives and assured the world that both Israeli soldiers were still alive. The same confirmation that both soldiers were alive came later from the International Red Cross.

However, Israel agreed to the UN imposed cease fire under UN resolution 1701, on August 15th, 2006, without the Hizbullah release of the two Israeli POWs.

That resulted in an international campaign launched by the government of Israel to demand the release of Goldwasser and Regev.

Now Israeli intelligence has received new evidence that both Israeli soldiers were murdered by Hizbullah, while in captivity.

The Israeli army Chief Rabbi, Brigadier-General Rabbi Avichai Ronski received all the information possessed by the security echelon and the Intelligence Branch of the Israeli army regarding Sergeant 1st Class Ehud Goldwasser and Staff Sergeant Eldad Regev.

The Rabbi has began the process of examining new documentation that. both soldiers were indeed summarily executed.

The Israeli army Human Resources commander, Major-General Eliezer Stern updated the families of the kidnapped soldiers about the process and promised to update them. Stern promise that any new information will be shared with them first, including any decisions that are made.


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.