According to a recent survey, 50% of Israelis believe that the Israeli governments did not do enough in order to fully determine the fate of Ron Arad.
Ron Arad Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Today (Sunday) marks 30 years since Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer Ron Arad was captured by the Amal organization. Although most reports conclude that Arad was killed during his imprisonment, 50% of Israelis believe that not enough was done in order to fully determine his fate.
The most recent Peace Index conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University revealed that 50% of the Israelis believe that not enough was done in order to fully determine his fate while 34% think the opposite.
Arad was captured on October 16, 1986, by the Amal Movement as he ejected from his plane over Lebanon. Israel lost all contact with Arad in May 1988.
Estimates claim he was killed in earlier than thought Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
In the past, Israeli authorities believed that Arad was imprisoned by Hezbollah and later delivered to Iranian hands. However, recent reports claim that Arad was killed during the first years of his imprisonment, earlier than past estimations.
Thus, the most recent Peace Index also focused on the topic of prisoner exchanges. In addition to the question about Arad, Israelis were also asked about how they feel about releasing terrorists in exchange for Israeli captives. 58% of the respondents believe that releasing terrorists in exchange for IDF soldiers’ bodies is wrong.
In the case of live IDF captives, 59% answered that they believe that Israel should release terrorists.
When asked about Israeli citizens who crossed a border accidently and were taken into captivity, 48% responded that they do not think they should be released in exchange for terrorists and 37% stated that they should.