(1975 - 2006)
Ehud "Udi" Goldwasser was one of two IDF soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah terrorists on a cross-border raid in July 2006.
Goldwasser (born July 18, 1975) lived
in Nahariya where he was a graduate student at the Technion prior to the Second
He had also earned his undergraduate degree from the Technion in environmental
engineering. As a teenager he had lived with his family in South Africa.
On July 12, 2006, while partaking in required reserve duty, Goldwasser's military patrol along the Lebanese
border was attacked by Hezbollah terrorists and he was kidnapped along with Eldad
Regev and taken into Lebanon. From that day on, Regev and Goldwasser were added to the list of IDF soldiers missing in action.
The cross-border raid by Hezbollah forced Israel to launch the Second
Lebanon War with the dual hopes of reducing Hezbollah's military
strength and securing the release of Regev and Goldwasser. Unfortunately, the second objective was not successful.
On April 12, 2007, the U.S. Congress passed Resolution 92 demanding the immediate release of all Israeli soldiers by
Hamas and Hezbollah, in particular Gilad
Shalit, Regev and Goldwasser.
On July 16, 2008, Hezbollah and Israel reached an exchange deal that saw the bodies of Goldwasser and Regev returned to Israel for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, four other Hezbollah fighters
Israel captured in the 2006 war and the remains of 199 Lebanese and
On Thursday, July 17, 2008, Goldwasser was posthumously
promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and was buried at the Nahariya Military Cemetery.
Sources: Wikipedia, Israel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs