(1958 - ?)
Ron Arad is an Israeli Air Force pilot who was captured during the First Lebanon War and is still considered as missing-in-action.
Arab (born May 5, 1958) was born in Israe, the
son of Batya and the late Dov Arad. Ron and his wife Tami have a
daughter, Yuval. Before his capture, Ron was a student of chemical
engineering entering his second year of studies at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
A captain and a navigator with the Israeli
Air Force, Arad captured by enemy forces on October 16, 1986, after parachuting
out of his Phantom jet while on an operation during the First Lebanon War.
On October 16, 1986, Captain Arad was seen parachuting out his IDF Phantom jet while on an operation in southern Lebanon. Arad likely landed in the area of Say'da and was captured by members of the Islamic fundamentalist
AMAL Militia who then brought him to Beirut. At that time he was personally held
by AMAL's then-head of security, Mustafa Dirani. The leader of
AMAL, Nabi Berri, announced that he was holding Arad and
proposed a prisoner exchange for Shiite and Lebanese detainees.
In early 1988, Dirani severed his ties with Amal
due to ideological differences and took Ron Arad with him. That year,
he formed a new group, called the "Resistance of the
Believers." Arad was held captive by Dirani's group until the
beginning of 1989. After negotiations between "Resistance of the
Believers" and the Iranians, Arad was handed over to the Iranian
"Revolutionary Guards" in exchange for a large sum of
money. Sources in Israel believe that Captain Ron Arad is still being
held by this group - and according to an April 8, 1993, edition of
the Jerusalem Report, he was held captive somewhere in Iran.
More recent rumors indicate he may now be held by an Iranian group in
Lebanon and that he is still alive. Schmidtbauer, the influential
German negotiator, continues to hope and work for Ron's release.
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