“Special negotiator for hostages and prisoners of war Yaron Blum says it was thanks to prime minister’s special relationship with Putin that Israel succeeded in bringing Zachary Baumel’s remains home”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
‘We must act tirelessly to bring captives, missing home’
by Ariel Kahana
April 5, 2019

Yaron Blum, special negotiator for hostages and prisoners of war at the Prime Minister’s Office and a former senior Shin Bet security agency official, said it was “a great privilege” to be involved in the efforts to return the remains of Staff Sgt. Zachary Baumel to Israel, 37 years after he was killed in Battle of Sultan Yacoub in the 1982 Lebanon War. According to Blum, it was thanks to precise intelligence and Russia’s assistance that the State of Israel was able to bring Baumel’s remains to Israel for burial…Blum rejected criticism over the timing of the move. To say it is “because of the elections – that is just nonsense.” READ MORE

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