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Karnit Goldwasser, wife of abducted Israel Defense Forces reservist Ehud, said yesterday that the negotiations for his release are at an impasse and that even the most basic information - whether her husband and his comrade, Eldad Regev, are alive - is still not known.

In a video conference call with Jewish communities in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, set up by the Jewish Agency at Haifa University, Goldwasser said that she is ready for the possibility that her husband "will return home, but also for the possibility that he will not. Meanwhile, a year and a half later, I am alone without Udi."

Also participating at the video conference, from Jerusalem, was Benny Regev, brother of the abducted Eldad. The two answered the questions of participating community members abroad, and described the difficulty behind the uncertainty of not knowing about the fate of their loved ones. "We go around the world and speak with leaders and ask to learn if they are alive or dead. If they are being given water or a blanket, and if they receive medical treatment," Goldwasser said.

She said that the United Nations is handling the negotiations with Hezbollah, but in the past 18 months there has been no progress. Goldwasser called on the Jewish communities to continue working "until they come home. We need to send letters, e-mails, pressure the leaders and ask them to make every effort."