The first-ever footage of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev being kidnapped by Hezbollah terrorists on the Israel-Lebanon border six years ago was aired Friday night on a Lebanese TV station.
Beirut-based station Al-Mayadeen, affiliated with Hezbollah and Syria, showed video of the terrorists crossing the barbed wire border fence and running toward the jeep where the two IDF soldiers were trapped after their vehicle was attacked.
Goldwasser’s family said the film had been broadcast as a publicity stunt by Hezbollah, and that its release now reflected Hezbollah’s concern that its status was being weakened as the Assad regime, which has supported and armed Hezbollah, comes under intensifying attack in neighboring Syria.
Shlomo Goldwasser, the late soldier’s father, urged the Israeli government to make use of the footage to underline to the world that Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is a terrorist.
It is unclear whether Goldwasser and Regev were still alive when the footage was filmed. In Friday night’s broadcast of the video, Hezbollah men were seen opening the door of the jeep, but then the frame froze, and the Israelis were not seen.
The kidnapping of the two soldiers, as well as the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by Hamas, helped to ignite the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.