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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Why aren't all Israeli MIA's and missing soldiers missed equally?

It used to be Ron Arad, whose gorgeous wife became a media celebrity, and his capture captured the attention of the Israeli media, lots more than the mostly religious, not-yet-married soldiers missing since the Battle of Sultan Yakoub since June 11, 1982.

June 1982
Israeli MIAs in Syrian Controlled Lebanon: On June 11, 1982, Israeli soldiers Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, and Yehuda Katz go missing in a battle with Syrian and Palestinian forces near the Lebanese village of Sultan Yakoub. Two other captured Israelis, Hezi Shai and Aryeh Lieberman, are later freed in prisoner exchanges in 1984 and 1985.

They haven't been released, even after all these years, a generation. They haven't been repatriated, neither alive nor dead.

I may be removed from the list of contributors of the "Free Gilad Shalit" Blog for posting this.

Gilad Shalit isn't the only Israeli soldier being held by our enemies. I can't forget that.

It's not enough to have Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser on the sidebar.


Anonymous said...

G^d bless you for remembering them -- and not letting us forget.


beakerkin said...

Arad was sent to Iran and believed killed in the 90's. There was a rumor that the daring helicopter raid in the past war was an effort to capure an Iranian military officer and exchange him for Arad's body.

Batya said...

maoz, thanks,
The soldiers are our children and neighbors. How could anyone forget them?

beakerkin, interesting
hadn't heard that