Israel Fights for Release of Israeli Woman Held in Syria

Stand for Israel  |  February 17, 2021

IDF soldier looks into Syria from Golan Heights
IDF soldier looks into Syria from Golan Heights

The government of Israel is currently working with neighboring Syria on the release of a young Israeli woman in Syrian custody. The Times of Israel’s Aaron Boxerman and Marissa Newman report that the Jewish state is negotiating for the release of a 25-year-old Israeli woman who entered Syria by accident:

Syrian state media announced on Wednesday: “The exchange is taking place through Russian mediation to liberate the Syrians Nihal Al-Maqt and Dhiyab Qahmuz, the Syrian prisoner from the occupied Syrian Golan, in an exchange during which a young Israeli woman who entered the Syrian territories by mistake will be released. She entered the Quneitra region by mistake and was arrested by the Syrian authorities.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Army Radio, declined to comment on the negotiations but said: “We are working to save lives. I can just say I’m using my personal connections…”

Israel is “at the height of sensitive negotiations” on the issue, he said. “I believe we will resolve it.”

National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat and hostage coordinator Yaron Bloom left Wednesday morning for Moscow to negotiate the release of the Israeli woman, according to Hebrew media reports.

The two prisoners Israel has reportedly been asked to release are residents of the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 during the Six Day War and annexed it in 1981. Many residents of the region retain Syrian citizenships and identify as Syrian…