New Details of Tenenbaum´s Illegal Dealings in Dubai Revealed (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 02/23/12)
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Channel 2 News on Wednesday revealed some of the details of the
interrogation of Elchanan Tenenbaum, who was released from Hizbullah
captivity in 2004.
According to the report, Tenenbaum testified that he was addicted to
gambling and that he would visit the casino in Jericho twice and
sometimes three times per week.
Tenenbaum also told the investigators about the special connection he
formed with the Obeid family. In the period preceding his abduction,
he said, he had ran a close relationship with Qais Obeid, who was
ultimately instrumental in executing Tenenbaum’s capture.
Obeid, an Israeli Arab and the grandson of former Knesset member
Diyab Obeid, became a senior member of the Hizbullah terror group. In
his interrogation, Tenenbaum claimed that Obeid never brought up his
connection to Hizbullah and that other members of his family with
whom he maintained contacts did not raise the issue either.
According to the Channel 2 report, in 2000 Tenenbaum was deep in debt
and Obeid offered him to be an advisor to a drug deal. As part of the
plan Tenenbaum flew to Brussels, where Obeid provided him with a fake
Venezuelan passport. Tenenbaum then went on to Frankfurt, Germany and
from there to Dubai. In Dubai he arrived at a certain neighborhood
where he was beaten, drugged and kidnapped to Lebanon.
“I knew I was going for drug deals, that it wasn’t a European
country, that I’d have to go with a fake passport,” Tenenbaum was
quoted as having told interrogators. “It was understandable. It
cannot be said that I did not know what the risks were.”
It should be noted that in an interview he gave to a Hizbullah
television network shortly before he was released, Tenenbaum had
claimed that he came to Beirut to get information on disappeared IAF
navigator Ron Arad, who was kidnapped in 1986.
In the prisoner exchange deal Israel made with Hizbullah in 2004,
Tenenbaum and the bodies of three IDF soldiers who were kidnapped in
October of 2000 were returned in exchange 435 terrorists. Tenenbaum
later agreed to a plea-bargain and admitted to the reasons behind his
travel to Dubai and described the details of his capture. In
exchange, he was not tried for any crime and served no jail time
Among the terrorists Israel released was Mustafa Dirani, a Hizbullah
terrorist who held Ron Arad for several years and was believed to
have information on what happened to him.
Dirani later filed a lawsuit against Israel for damages he claims he
suffered during his imprisonment. In July, the High Court ruled in
his favor and allowed him to sue Israel for 6 million shekels in
231 Israelis were subsequently murdered by terrorists released in the
deal in which Tenenbaum was released. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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