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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Jubilant crowds in Beirut have greeted five prisoners released by Israel in
return for the bodies of two soldiers who died in an ambush two years ago. The exchange has caused
grief and controversy with claims the Government has paid too high a price for the return of the

Middle East correspondent Ben Knight reports.

BEN KNIGHT, REPORTER: Israel in mourning as the remains of the two soldiers it received yesterday
are buried.

Israel has paid a heavy price for their remains, and there was no celebration at the return home of
Ehud Goldwasser or Eldad Regev.

But across the border in Lebanon, there was a hero's welcome for the five prisoners they were
traded for. One of those released was Samir Qantar. He was sentenced to five life terms for his
part in the deaths of three members of the Haran family and police officers Eliyahu Shachar in
1979. Qantar was 16 years old at the time, and has been in prison ever since - until now. His
release is a bitter pill for Israelis, especially Simcha Shachar, the sister of the dead policemen.

SIMCHA SHACHAR, ELIYAHU SHACHAR'S SISTER (voiceover translation): I want the Prime Minister to see
these celebrations and then to look me in the eyes and tell me that it was really a good deal.

BEN KNIGHT: Lebanon's President and Cabinet, many of them who've been mortal enemies of Hezbollah,
were there to join the celebrations and there was this warning to Israel.

MICHEL SULEIMAN, LEBANESE PRESIDENT (voiceover translation): Our joy will be when we regain our
sovereignty on Shiba farms and Kafar Shuba Hills and I ensure in front of you all that we have the
right to use all means available to get back our land.

BEN KNIGHT: Hezbollah's standing in Lebanon is growing. In May, it won power of veto in Cabinet,
after taking the country to the brink of civil war. Now, it's claiming this deal as a victory over
Israel. Hezbollah's leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah made an extremely rare public appearance to bask
in the moment.

HASSAN NASRALLAH, HEZBOLLAH LEADER (voiceover translation): As I said in 2000, the age of defeat is
gone, and the age of victories has come.

BEN KNIGHT: There's disgust in Israel at the scenes of celebration in Lebanon. But Israel is
claiming the high moral ground for bringing its soldiers back home. But Simcha Shachar believes it
will only lead to more kidnappings.

SIMCHA SHACHAR (voiceover translation): Why shouldn't they kidnap again if they make gains?

BEN KNIGHT: This is the crossing through which Samir Qantar has returned to Lebanon, 29 years after
he and accomplices rounded this same cliff, landed on this stretch of coast and launched their
night-time attack. And apart from those inside Israel who believe that his release is too high a
price to pay for the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, there are those here in Northern
Israel who believes that now this deal is done, they're now once again under imminent threat of
attack from Hezbollah.

Ben Knight, Lateline, on the Israel-Lebanon border.