Rivlin: The end of 37 years of pain and doubt

President thanks IDF for finally returning body of First Sergeant Zachary Baumel 37 years after he was killed in Lebanon.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

President Rivlin
President Rivlin
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President Reuven Rivlin commented Wednesday evening on the return of the body of First Sergeant Zachary Baumel after 37 years.

The president said, “We have received the moving and painful news that the body of First Sergeant Zachary Baumel has been brought home to Israel. 37 unbearable years of painful waiting, of questions and doubts have come to an end thanks to the determined and ceaseless work of the IDF and Israel's intelligence community.”

“On this difficult, moving and sad day, our thoughts are with the Baumel family, crying and hurting with them as they bring their son Zachary to eternal rest in our country, our land,” he added. “I thank the IDF and the whole Israeli intelligence community for their commitment, bravery and action, day and night, to bring our soldiers and those who fell defending the country and the people, home. We will not cease until all our soldiers have returned home – First Sergeant Yehuda Katz, First Sergeant Zvika Feldman and all those missing in action and whose place of burial is not known. Our commitment to our soldiers has always been, and will always be, a shining light. We go to battle together, and together we return from it,” he added.




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