Jerusalem, 5 July 2001

DM Ben-Eliezer: UN witholding videotape of relating to kidnapped Israelis
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

On October 7, 2000, Hizbullah terrorists kidnapped 3 IDF soldiers. For the past several months, the defense establishment has been receiving reports that a videotape filmed the day after the kidnapping is in the hands of the United Nations. This tape documents such things as the vehicles used by the terrorists and may shed light on the circumstances surrounding the event.

The defense establishment has requested the videotape from the UN. After many denials of the existense of the videotape by the UN, senior UN sources have recently informed Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer that this videotape, filmed by UNIFIL soldiers, is at UN headquarters.

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Thursday, July 5, 2001, strenously and unequivocally demanded in a written appeal to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan to immediately receive the original videotape as well as all information in their hands regarding the incident and the circumstances surrounding it.

The defense establishment will continue to do all in its power to acquire the videotape and expects the full cooperation of the UN in this matter.

Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer has directed today that the hostages’ families should be informed of the possible possesion by the UN of this videotape and his demands that the UN immediately transfer the videotape to Israel.

The Defense Minister emphasizes that the defense establishment will continue to do everything in its power to acquire any new information as to the fate of the hostages.  

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