In an emotional and tearful meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the families of the three kidnapped soldiers that he is doing his utmost to bring the release of their sons, and he will not forget or give up on them.
“I will be the second happiest person in the country after you when your sons return home. I do not intend to hold back in the efforts to bring them back,” Olmert said. “I understand you are angry and it is your right to be angry. Be sure that I am doing everything so the soldiers will return.”
The meeting came to a climax when Micky Goldwasser, the mother of Ehud Goldwasser broke down in tears. Olmert, who was also visibly emotional, did not hide his own tears.
The families told Olmert that the blockade of Lebanon should not have been lifted. Benny Regev, brother of Eldad Regev said that the government is acting against the interests of the State.
Meanwhile, international efforts to release the soldiers are also being attempted as a high ranking German intelligence official will visit the region in order to examine possible German involvement in the negotiations.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and her German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmier met this week and discussed potential German involvement in the efforts. Steinmier said that the conditions are not yet ripe for German involvement, but his country would be willing to help if asked. He also added that during his visit to Lebanon, the issue of German mediation was discussed.