Arad family says info not enough


The family of missing Israeli airman Ron Arad says the information provided by Hezbollah is not enough.


The information, including previously unseen photos and a journal written by Arad, was transferred to Israel and given to the family Saturday. It was part of a United Nations-brokered deal to bring back to Israel two soldiers captured two years ago in exchange for five Lebanese terrorists and the bodies of about 200 Arabs who attempted to infiltrate Israel.


The Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Elded Regev, are widely believed to be dead. They were captured by Hezbollah on the northern border, sparking the 2006 war with Lebanon.



Defense Minister Ehud Barak echoed the Arad family in a statement released by his office.

“The report on Ron Arad, as passed by Hezbollah, does not give a clear answer on the fate of Ron Arad and does not resolve the issue,” the statement said. “We are compelled to continue to work to discover what happened to him.”


Israel said Sunday that the exchange will take place Wednesday at the Rosh Hanikra Lebanon-Israel border crossing. The Israel Prison Service said it would release Samir Kuntar, who caused the death of four Israelis in a 1979 terror attack, as well as four other Lebanese terrorists – Khaled Zidan, Maher Kurani, Mohammed Sarur and Hussein Suleiman.


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