The paper says that Israeli officials also believe that Regev and Goldwasser were killed.
Unlike Gilad Shalit - an IDF soldier who was kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza two weeks before Regev and Goldwasser - not a single sign of life has been heard from the latter two since the day they were captured. The Red Cross has not been permitted to visit them, nor have any letters been received from them.
The kidnappers of Shalit, on the other hand, released an audio tape of the voice of their captive this past June, marking the first anniversary of his capture. Shalit's parents and a high-ranking defense official confirmed that the tape was authentic.
The talks between Israel and Hizbullah currently focus, Der Spiegel reports, on Hizbullah's demand that Israel release Lebanese murderer Samir Kuntar. In 1979, Kuntar brutally murdered Danny Haran in front of his four-year-old daughter, and then killed her by smashing her head with his rifle butt. Another daughter, aged 2, died when her mother covered her mouth to prevent her from crying out and revealing their hiding place. An Israeli policeman was also killed in the attack.
Hizbullah terrorist chieftain Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to attain the release of Kuntar, while for Israel, Kuntar is the epitome of a terrorist with "blood on his hands" that Israel has pledged never to release.
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