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Two Israelis Held Captive in Gaza (Summaries of/links to 7 articles from Daily Alert)

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July 10, 2015

  • Two Israelis Held Captive in Gaza – Yoav Zitun, Matan Tzuri, and Elior Levy
    Two Israelis are believed to be held captive in Gaza, it was revealed on Thursday. Avera Mengistu, 29, from Ashkelon, was seen crossing the border fence into Gaza on Sept. 8, 2014, of his own volition. The second citizen is a Bedouin who also crossed the border into Gaza of his own accord. (Ynet News)
  • See also Hamas Seeks High Price for Israelis Who Fell into its Lap – Avi Issacharoff
    Avera Mengistu and the second captive Israeli, a Bedouin, constitute significant assets for Gaza’s Islamist rulers. On Wednesday, Hamas’ leader-in-exile, Khaled Mashaal, talked about negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the remains of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oren Shaul, who fell in last summer’s war, and two missing Israelis. He said Hamas will not give up any information until Israel releases all the Hamas members who had gone free in the Shalit exchange but who were rearrested last spring after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by a Hamas terror cell and later found murdered in the West Bank.
    Many of the 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners who were released in exchange for Gilad Shalit are today directing West Bank terrorist activity from Gaza and from Turkey, where they were deported. Those terrorist operations have cost Israeli lives. Israel agreed to the exchange four years ago for the sake of a soldier who had been held hostage for years, having been kidnapped from inside Israel during his military service. The current equation is very different. (Times of Israel)
  • See also Israel Cannot Countenance Another Shalit Deal – David Horovitz (Times of Israel)
  • Netanyahu: We’re Working to Bring Missing Israelis Home from Gaza – Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was actively seeking the return of two citizens who crossed into Gaza, and said Jerusalem holds Hamas responsible for their well-being. Netanyahu said, “I call on the international community, who expresses its concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, to issue a clear call for the release and return of these citizens.”  (Ha’aretz)
  • See also Israel Won’t Exchange Palestinian Prisoners for Missing Israelis – Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Israel does not intend to free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the two Israeli nationals being held in Gaza, Israeli defense officials saidThursday. They said Israel sees the cases of Avera Mengistu and the Bedouin Israeli as humanitarian and expects Hamas to release them unharmed, as both sides have done in similar incidents in the past.
    Mengistu climbed over the security fence at an Ashkelon beach last September. He was reportedly detained and questioned by Hamas last year, and then released. The Israeli Arab who crossed at the Erez crossing in April was apparently taken into Hamas custody and is still being held. (Ha’aretz)
  • Israeli Who Crossed Fence into Gaza Ignored IDF Calls to Return – Ron Ben-Yishai
    IDF lookouts noticed an unarmed individual’s attempt to cross the border from Israel into Gaza in the Zikim beach area. Because Mengistu was unarmed, they did not fire their weapons. The lookouts dispatched an IDF force to the scene. The force called on Mengistu to halt when he was already south of the fence, but he refused and continued on his way. (Ynet News)
  • See also Missing Bedouin Youth Brought Back from Gaza Twice Before – Yasser Okbi
    The head of the local council from which the missing Bedouin youth hails said, “This is a youth that we have brought back twice from Gaza in the past, and brought back twice from Jordan and once from the West Bank. He suffers from mental problems and always strays from home.”  (Maariv Hashavua-Jerusalem Post)

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