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Israeli court rejects appeal by captured soldier's parents

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  • Parents seek explanation about why truce wasn't conditioned on son's release
  • Petition filed against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his senior ministers
  • Israel's military begins procedure to determine whether to declare 2 soldiers killed
  • The two troops were captured by Hezbollah in July 2006
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel's High Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the parents of a captured Israeli soldier who hoped to compel the government to explain why a recent cease-fire deal with Hamas did not include the release of their son, a court spokeswoman said.

Cpl. Gilad Shalit was seized in June 2006 in a raid into Israel by militants of Hamas, the radical Islamic group that Israel and the United States consider a terrorist organization.

The petition, which names Shalit as the first petitioner, was filed against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his senior ministers.

It asked the court to instruct the government to explain why the agreement that includes the opening of the border crossings was not conditioned upon Shalit's release or his transfer to Egypt.

Israel has repeatedly said that last week's truce with Hamas leaders was a first step toward a broader cease-fire agreement that must include Shalit's release.

Meanwhile, Israel's chief military rabbi has begun a procedure to determine whether to declare two soldiers captured by Hezbollah as killed in action, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday.

Rabbi Brig. Gen. Avichai Ronsky "received today all the information which the security establishment has regarding the status of the kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev," the IDF said in a statement.

The statement came amid news reports that Israel is trying to reach a deal to free the soldiers in exchange for Samir Kantar, a Lebanese militant who has long been in prison in Israel for a 1979 attack that killed four Israelis, including a 4-year-old girl and her father.

Hezbollah militants captured Goldwasser and Regev, and killed three other Israeli soldiers, in a July 2006 raid into northern Israel. Goldwasser and Regev were believed to have been badly wounded.

The attack helped spark the war between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon that lasted from July through August 2006.

Although Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah was victorious in the war, he also said had he known how Israel would respond, he would not have orchestrated the raid.

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