Israel and Hezbollah renewed the second stage negotiations secretly to conclude a new deal on the missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Similar to the first stage, these talks are held throughÃ‚Â the German mediatorÃ‚Â Ernst Uhrlau.
According to the deal, Israel will release Arab and Lebanese prisoners including Samir Al-Quntar, the oldest Lebanese prisoner in Israeli jails, in exchange of receiving information about the fate of Arad, who went missing in Lebanon during a battle with the Lebanese resistance in 1986 after the Israeli invasion to southern Lebanon.
The first stage of negotiations between Israel and the Lebanese resistance in 2004 resulted in Israel releasing 400 Palestinian and 31 Lebanese prisoners and released fifty nine bodies of Lebanese resistance fighters.
Most of the prisoners released in the first stage were scheduled to be released shortly after the implementation of the deal.
Hezbollah, on the other hand, released the Israeli General Elhanan Tennenbaum who was abducted by Hezbollah and three bodies of Israeli soldiers killed in occupied Shib’a Farms in the southern Lebanon.