A recent Mossad operation die aimed to discover: information over the residence of Missing Israeli Pilot Ron Arad Saw Agents Kidnap an Iranian general for interrogation, according to an Arablanguage report.
Mossad agents took the man from Syria to an unnamed African country, interrogated him there and finally released him, the in London-based Rai al-Youm online newspaper reported on Monday.
The report, which was prominently quoted in Hebrew media Tuesday, amid considerable confusion and conflicting reports over the recent Mossad operation, provided no further details on the alleged kidnapping.
Speaking at the opening of winter Knesset session on Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett revealed that Mossad agents recently went on An mission to find out whereabouts of Arad, an Israeli Air Force navigator who was caught in 1986 and was last heard of in 1988.
First bills in different Hebrew media outlets late Monday portrayed the operation as completely failed, and accused Bennett of revealing its existence for political reasons. Channel 12 news Mossad chief David Barnea called the operation brave, daring and complex, but nonetheless a “failure” in an internal meeting.
But on On Tuesday, the same TV station reported that Barnea really asked… for Bennett to reveal the operation and that “the praise and recognition” for the sacrifice of the Mossad to return Arad and other prisoners and MIAs was important for members of the organization by with the praise for soldiers.” The network also said Barnea sent a letter to the… organization’s staff portray the operation as a major success.
Yedioth Aharonot quoted an unnamed “senior source of information” die claims that “the Mossad are mission,” and Israel Hayom quoted a senior intelligence source calls it “one of the most important and most successful operations to bring quality information over Arad.”
Following the reports in which Bennett . is criticized for reveal the operation and call it one failure, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement describing it as a “successfully conducted operation”. out while meeting exceptional operational targets.”
“Bring the information to the Knesset members and the general public used to be of value, expressing the great effort and dedication to bring our sons back to their limits, even many years after they were imprisoned by the enemy. Any other spread of information is false’ the statement read.
During his speech at the opening of the winter of the Knesset sessionBennett said that “it was a complex, large-scale operation. That’s all that can be said for now.”
Bennett said the operation, which involved male and female Mossad agents, took place last month in an attempt to discover what is met arad happened, who Is assumed dead.
Arad on bail out of his plane during an operation in South Lebanon in 1986. Israel believes he was imprisoned by the Amal Shia movement before being handed over over to Iran, and moved from Lebanon to Iran and then back again. different characters of life was received in the first two years of his incarceration, including photos and letters, the last of die is sent on May 5, 1988.
It has long been believed that Arad died many years ago, although intelligence reports differ over the circumstances, timing and location of to be death. A report in 2016 indicated that Arad was killed and buried in 1988 in near Beirut. But a 2004 IDF commission determined that Arad had died in the 1990s after being denied medical treatment.
In 2006, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the group believed that Arad was dead and his graveyard unknown, and in 2008, German negotiator Gerhard Konrad told Israel Hezbollah said Arad died during a 1988 escape attempt.
Time of Israeli staff contributed to this report.
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