Israeli PM discloses Mossad mission to seek out details about long-missing airman

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JERUSALEM, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Israeli Mossad intelligence brokers carried out a “wide-ranging and bold” operation final month to attempt to uncover the destiny of Ron Arad, a long-missing Israeli airman, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated on Monday.

Arad, an air power navigator, bailed out of a warplane that went down over Lebanon throughout a 1986 bombing mission. Initially taken prisoner by Lebanese Amal guerrillas, he’s extensively assumed to now not be alive. The plane’s pilot was rescued.

In a speech on authorities coverage on the opening of parliament’s winter session, Bennett stated: “Last month, the women and men of the Mossad embarked on an operation aimed at finding new information about the fate and whereabouts of Ron Arad.

“It was a fancy, wide-ranging and daring operation. That is all that may be stated proper now.”

Arad’s fate has long generated strong public interest in Israel, whose leaders have pledged over the years to discover what happened to him.

Reporting by Jeffrey Heller, modifying by Ed Osmond