Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

After 37 Years, Body of Missing Soldier Zachary Baumel Returned to Israel

After 37 Years, Body of Missing Soldier Zachary Baumel Returned to Israel

Speaking on a visit to Moscow Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Russian Federation for its assistance in finding the remains, and Putin acknowledged Russian Federation had worked to retrieve them. It was not repatriated as part of a deal with any other country.

After 37 years, Israeli-American Sgt. "For all those years, the State of Israel had invested huge resources to resolve the riddle of his fate".

Baumel was born in the United States in 1960, but immigrated to Israel. "Gen. Moti Almoz informed [Baumel's] family just a few minutes ago", he said.

According to the IDF, the remains of Baumel, Feldman and Katz were believed to be in the control of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Syria. "We go to battle together, and together we return from it".

As the Baumel case takes prominence in the media, and Netanyahu uses his platform to promote it as an Israeli victory, opponents will find it more hard to raise criticisms or the corruption cases that have been hounding the premier, Mendel predicted. The identity was also verified by IDF Chief Rabbi Eyal Karim, Conricus said. "Russian Army soldiers found the body in coordination with the Syrian military", he said. "The families know that we will continue to make every effort to bring their sons home".

President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement: "On this hard, moving and sad day, our thoughts are with the Baumel family, crying and hurting with them as they bring their son Zachary to eternal rest in our country, our land".

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Though he and two other Israeli soldiers were reportedly captured alive, information regarding their subsequent fate has not made public until this latest announcement. "We never gave up on returning our missing soldiers from Sultan Yacoub".

Two other Israeli tank crew members are still listed by the military as missing in action from the June 10-11, 1982 battle.

Conricus said Baumel's mother, sister, and brother had been notified. We offer our sincerest gratitude to all who were involved in this holy task and this is the ultimate display of commitment to our soldiers.

The Russian military has helped to recover the body of an Israeli soldier that went missing since the 1982 war in Leanon, President Vladimir Putin said. His family moved to Israel in 1970. He attended a hesder yeshiva, which combines religious study with army service.

Netanyahu said he remembered the pain of Zachary's father Yona Baumel, who traveled the world looking for clues about his son's whereabouts. "Welcome home, Zachary, and Rest in Peace".

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