Tag Archive for MIA

Israel releases 2 Syrian prisoners as ‘gesture’ for return of IDF soldier KIA

Israel releases two incarcerated Syrians as a “goodwill gesture” for the return of fallen American-Israeli IDF soldier Zachary Baumel, killed in the 1982 Lebanon War.

By i24NEWS


Israel on Sunday morning released two Syrian prisoners in what an Israeli official called a “goodwill gesture” for the body of the fallen American-Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel, which was returned to the Jewish homeland at the start of the month, 37 years after its first war with Lebanon in 1982.

The Israeli Defense Forces said Sunday that the two prisoners were transferred from Israel to the Red Cross in Syria via the Quinetra border crossing in the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »

In Official Ceremony Russia gives Netanyahu Israeli MIA’s Personal Effects 

During an official ceremony at Russia’s Defense Ministry in Moscow, PM Netanyahu is given the last personal effects belonging to Israel’s soldier, Sgt 1st Class, Zachary Baumel ז”ל who was returned to Israel yesterday, 37 years after becoming MIA in Lebanon.

Arutz Sheva Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an official ceremony of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Thursday afternoon, during which the remaining items belonging to the late Zachary Baumel were handed over to the prime minister.

Among the objects delivered were Baumel’s tank suit and military boots. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff of the Russian Army Valery Gerasimov. Continue Reading »

After 37 years, body of IDF MIA Zachary Baumel returned to Israel

The remains of U.S. born Zachary Baumel, who was deemed MIA since the June 1982 Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon, was repatriated to Israel this week and returned to his family once his identity was confirmed by a DNA test.

By Yoav Zitun, Daniel Salami


The body of an Israeli soldier who disappeared in battle during the First Lebanon War has been returned to his family after 37 years, the IDF said Wednesday. The remains of Brooklyn-born First Sergeant  Zachary Baumel were repatriated to Israel several days ago via a third country. According to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the body was returned to Israel on an El Al plane. Continue Reading »

Want Hamas to be more agreeable, make the leaders’ lives miserable

Former Mossad official: When Jerusalem begins to take action against Gaza’s ‘royal family’ bank accounts, force them into constant litigation in the courts and end their ‘privileged’ medical care in Israeli hospitals, Hamas leaders will release the Israeli hostages.

By Shimon Cohen


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint Yaron Blum as the new coordinator for issues concerning missing and captive Israelis.

Blum was appointed to replace Lior Lotan, who stepped down in August after three years in which he voluntarily held the position.

Hadar Goldin (L), Oron Shaul (C), Abera Mengistu (R) – Photos: Courtesy

Arutz Sheva spoke to Rami Igra, former head of the Prisoners and Missing Persons Division of the Mossad, about what Blum could and should do in his new position to bring Israelis held by the Hamas terrorist organization home. Continue Reading »

Hamas rejects offer to accept prisoners for Israel’s MIA soldiers


Special envoy Lior Lotan reports Israel offered to return to Hamas 18 jailed prisoners along with 19 bodies of their fighters, all captured during Operation Protective Edge, in return for MIAs Hadar Goldin & Oron Shaul, but the Gaza terror organization rejected Israel’s offer.

By Itamar Eichner


Lior Lotan, the prime minister’s envoy on hostages and missing persons, said on Tuesday that Hamas has rejected several offers to swap all of its men captured—both dead and alive—during Operation Protective Edge in exchange for the remains of Israeli soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

The two soldiers were killed during the 2014 campaign in the Gaza Strip and their bodies were captured by Hamas. Continue Reading »