The Search for Ron Arad
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday October 5, 2021
The story of Ron Arad is back in the news.
Israeli Prime Minster Naftali Bennett told Israelis that the Mossad was launching a serious investigation to find out what happened to Ron Arad.
The story of Ron Arad has been hanging over – and haunting - Israel for 35 years ago.
In 1986, Arad, an IDF navigator, ejected from his fighter jet and landed behind enemy lines in Lebanon. He was captured by the Amal Militia and never again heard from or found. His body was never returned to Israel.
In a speech to the Knesset during the opening of the winter session Prime Minister Bennett said: "It was a complex, large-scale and daring operation. That's all there is to say right now. We made another effort on the way to understanding what happened to Ron.”
After an Israeli columnist claimed that the current operation endangered lives, Arad’s widow, Tami, defended the operation and said that she was specifically told that no lives were endangered.
Israel has already discovered the first place where Ron Arad was held. The search for answers continues.
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