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Copyright 2002 Ha'aretz

October 3, 2002

HEADLINE: Families of MIAs get hearing in Congress

BYLINE: Daniel Sobelman

Relatives of four Israelis kidnapped by Hezbollah in Lebanon two years ago met four congressmen and a senior State Department official in Washington yesterday.

The hearing was the first for the relatives of missing soldiers Adi Avitan, Benny Avraham and Omar Souad, and abducted businessman Elchanan Tannenbaum. The congressmen in attendance were Benjamin Gilman, Darrell Issa, Eliot Engel and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The legislators were joined by David Satterfield, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, who formerly served as ambassador to Lebanon.

Keren Tannenbaum, the daughter of the kidnapped businessman, told Ha'aretz that the meeting's aim was to bring the issue on the American agenda to a higher level. She, like Haim Avraham, the father of Benny Avraham, also expressed support for allowing Lebanese families to visit prisoners held in Israel.

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