Karnit Goldwasser, whose husband Ehud was killed along with fellow IDF reservist Eldad Regev by Hezbollah in the attack that sparked the Second Lebanon War in 2006, said Saturday that footage of the attack, released on Friday by Hezbollah, proves that it is a terrorist organization.
Goldwasser was speaking days after the European Union rejected an Israeli request to brand the Lebanese Shiite group a terrorist organization, saying it needed “tangible evidence” to do so. She said that the footage of the attack — which stops at the moment that Hezbollah gunmen, having crossed the border into Israel, converge on the soldiers’ stricken Hummer jeep and prepare to drag them out — constituted precisely such evidence. “If that’s not terror, what is?” she asked.
She noted that since the film is cut before Regev and Goldwasser are seen, it is not clear whether they were alive or dead when captured. “Maybe they captured them alive and killed them.”
Karnit Goldwasser added that Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah “has not seen the light of day” since the attack, and that she hoped his end would be “the same as [Osama] bin-Laden’s and Mughniyeh’s.” Imad Mughniyeh organized the cross-border attack and a series of other major Hezbollah terrorist actions. He was assassinated in Damascus in 2008.
The first-ever footage of the attack on the patrol vehicle of Goldwasser and Regev, on the Israeli side of the Lebanon border six years ago, was aired Friday night on a pro-Hezbollah Lebanese TV station.
Beirut-based station Al-Mayadeen, affiliated with Hezbollah and Syria, aired a 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, also urged the Israeli government to make use of the footage to underline to the world that 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 was frozen, and the Israelis were not seen.
Tomer Weinberg, who served in the same unit, said he was horrified by “the ease” with which the Hezbollah gunmen crossed the barbed-wire border fence.
The TV station said it would broadcast more of the footage later on
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.
The bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were returned to Israel in a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah in 2008.