Report: Missing Israel Airman Died in 1996

A former German official who negotiated prisoner swaps between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia says an Israeli airman shot down over Lebanon in 1986 died 10 years later, The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Monday. Citing the transcript of a documentary to be aired on Germany’s WDR television Monday evening, the paper said German intelligence officials believe Ron Arad died in 1996, sometime after he was handed by Lebanese fighters to their Iranian sponsors. “The only question remains whether he died of a disease, a kind of injury related to his crash or was killed. But that he is dead is clear,” the Post quoted former German intelligence chief Bernd Schmidbauer as telling WDR in the “An Eye For An Eye” program. Full Story

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