Ron Arad jounral_311.
(photo credit: Mako)
To commemorate 25 years since his capture, Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad’s
family will release previously unseen pages of a journal that he kept during his
first weeks in captivity in Lebanon, Channel 2 news reported on
Arad wrote the collection of letters, most of which were
intended for his wife Tami and daughter Yuval, shortly after his capture by the
Shi’ite Amal group in Lebanon on October 16, 1986. In the handwritten
entries, Arad describes his longing to be reunited with his family, and promises
to return home.
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In a letter dated November 1, 1986, Arad wrote: “And now
for those most dear to me, Tami and Yuval, I am trying to forget you; every
memory of you only grabs me by the throat. But know this, I love you, and it
seems you are the only reason that prevents me from imagining the
“I promise you at least this: A. I will return. One year? Two?
B. Never again will I leave you, even if I will have to give up flying.
C. We will have a warm home, loving and good as we once had.”
kidnapped soldier, whose fate is still unknown, also attempted to pass hints of
his whereabouts through his various notes, which he jotted down on the backs of
pages ripped from inside a book.
Arad’s family received the letters as
part of a deal between Israel and Hezbollah that also saw the return of the
bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. Arad’s family had held on to
the journal privately, and decided to release excerpts to commemorate the 25
years since his capture.
One other entry, undated, was also addressed to
“Once again, to Tami. Last night I dreamt of you and it was
magnificent. Just the two of us meeting after a long day on the grass, talking
like we always do, and suddenly I was back with you. Waking up from this was
very difficult, believe me. But this [dream] at least gave me a few minutes of