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The wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, Karnit Goldwasser, has hinted in recent days that she is rapidly losing hope about the fate of her husband.

In a meeting on Thursday with U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Karnit spoke about the popular support for the families of the kidnapped soldiers. "I don't want more empathy and sympathy - I want to be told the truth, to be told exactly what they think happened."

In an interview with Channel 10 News, Goldwasser said, "One of the facts is the medical report, which no one can contradict. The second fact is that time is passing and there's nothing, and the third fact is that I am realistic. Put that all together and you see that I, like many other people, can read the map."

Military sources have recently expressed fears for the safety of the two kidnapped soldiers in Lebanon - Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. A year and a half since their abduction, on July 12, 2006, Hezbollah has provided no information.

On the other hand, the Israeli intelligence community has also apparently not succeeded in obtaining information that would either confirm or refute the assumption that the two men are alive. The medical report by the Israel Defense Forces after the abduction, based on evidence at the site of the incident, included the judgment that both soldiers were badly injured during the abduction and that there is concern for their lives.

Yesterday a book written at the age of 11 by Gilad Shalit, who was abducted to the Gaza Strip on June 25, 2006, was published. It is called "When the shark and the fish met for the first time."

"I hope that the message written by an 11-year-old boy that is now a children's story will also be sent to our leaders and to our enemies, and that they will understand how genuine this message is," Gilad's father, Noam Shalit, said at a book launch held in Nahariya last night.

The Israel Association of Illustrators contributed illustrations for the book and cooperated with the Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Publishing House to publish it. Revenues from sales of the book will go toward activities on behalf of the kidnapped soldiers.

Hamas sources said Friday that the contacts aimed at obtaining Shalit's release were suspended due to disagreements in the Israeli government over the Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange.

The deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, Moussa Abu-Marzouk, told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that Hamas is sticking to its demand for the release of prisoners in accordance with the list of names that it gave to Israel, which includes Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat.