Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it was his army that located the remains of IDF Zachary Baumel, who went MIA 37 years ago in the 1st Lebanon war in 1982.
Netanyahu noted that two years ago he came to President Putin with this important request to find the remains of the missing soldiers; Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, and Yehuda Katz
“You have done outstanding work and even endangered Russian soldiers for this purpose. I want to thank you, in my name and that of the people of Israel, for what you did, and for the courageous friendship. it is important to us and our relationship,” said Netanyahu.
Baumel disappeared during the battle of Sultan Yacoub near the border between Lebanon and Syria that took place on the sixth day of the First Lebanon War in June 1982.
Israel suffered 20 casualties in the battle dozens of wounded and 3 soldiers went missing; Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, and Yehuda Katz. The former 2 are still MIA and were not part of this recovery mission.
The families of the other soldiers who have been missing from the Sultan Yacoub battle, Yehuda Katz, and Zvi Feldman were informed that Baumel’s remains had been located.
The relatives of IDF navigator Ron Arad who disappeared during a mission in Lebanon in 1986, and the families of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who have been missing in Gaza since the 2014 war with Hamas, were also informed that the remains of Baumel had been returned.
The operation to return the remains of Baumel led by Colonel A. of the intelligence branch has been in the works for a few weeks. When Colonel A. felt it the mission was a ‘go’, he gave the green light to the troops who had the task of returning his body to proceed.