Al-Jazeera airs unseen 1983 footage of abducted IDF soldiers
Clip shows soldiers seized during first Lebanon War, who were then released in controversial prison swap.
The Al-Jazeera news network on Thursday released footage of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers abducted by Palestinian militants during the first war in Lebanon. This is the first time the footage has ever been aired.
The soldiers Joseph Groff and Nissim Salam were taken captive in 1982 along with six other soldiers by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC), headed at the time by Ahmed Jibril.
The soldiers were eventually released in 1985 as part of the "Jibril agreement" - a prisoner exchange deal in which Israel freed 1,197 prisoners, including Palestinian terrorists.
In the clip, taken a year after their abduction, the soldiers are seen responding to their abductors' questions. The questions seen on vide include: "What do you think about the Israeli propaganda regarding the Palestinian fedayeen?" to which Salam is seen answering: "In my opinion, I don't like the Israeli flag much. I don't like the idea of from sea to sea. I'm satisfied with my house in Holon. And regarding Gush Emunim, I think tonight that they all need to be put in prison."
When asked about the moment of his capture, Groff answered: "All I remember is the barrel of a gun."