Israeli cabinet to vote on Hezbollah swap Sunday

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will ask Israel's cabinet on Sunday to approve a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, the wife of an Israeli soldier captured by the Lebanese group said on Tuesday.

Israeli cabinet to vote on Hezbollah swap Sunday
Karnit Goldwasser spoke after meeting Olmert.

"The deal, as he promised me, will be brought for a vote on Sunday," she told Israel's Channel Ten television. "I very much hope the ministers ... will make the decision to bring Udi and Eldad home."

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli government.

Through a U.N.-appointed German mediator, Israel has offered to release five jailed Lebanese fighters in exchange for the soldiers, security sources said.

Israel's military rabbinate announced this week it was studying intelligence assessments that Goldwasser and Regev did not survive their capture, and may declare them dead.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Goldwasser's and Regev's condition should not be allowed to affect any deal with Hezbollah. "We have a responsibility to bring the captives home even if they are dead," he told reporters.

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