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 Lebanon War. He 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 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 Palestinian terrorists.
On Thursday, July 17, 2008, Goldwasser was posthumously promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and was buried at the Nahariya Military Cemetery.