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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Dudu Arad, brother of Ron Arad, on Sunday that the fate of the missing IAF navigator flashed before his eyes when he approved the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap that will see the release of Gilad Schalit.
According Israel Radio, the two spoke on the 25th anniversary of Ron Arad's captivity.
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also shared stories about conversations he had with Dudu's mother,
Batya, in which she expressed her longing to see Ron.
Ron Arad, an IAF navigator who parachuted into Lebanon in the 1980s, was
captured by the Amal Shi'ite group. He went missing some years later.
His fate is unknown.
Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with David Meidan,
the lead negotiator for the Gilad Schalit release, for a debriefing
after Meidan's trip to Cairo to finalize details on the exchange.
According to a PMO spokesman, Netanyahu told Meidan that "the mission will be completed once Gilad is returned to his family."
was expected to finalize details of the release during his meetings in
Cairo. Defense officials said Schalit will be taken across Gaza’s
southwestern border into Egypt, likely via the Rafah crossing, where he
will be met by Egyptian security officials and a small Israeli
delegation, which will verify his identity and ensure he is healthy.
He will then be taken by plane to an IDF base while groups of
Palestinian prisoners are transferred from Ketziot to the West Bank, the
Gaza Strip, Egypt and countries abroad.
At the IDF base, Schalit will meet his family and undergo more
comprehensive medical exams. From there he is expected to be flown to
the Tel Nof Air Force Base near Rehovot for a low key reception where he
will be greeted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak. He will then be flown by helicopter to his home in
Mitzpe Hila in the Upper Galilee.
Noam and Aviva Schalit spent Shabbat at their home in Mitzpe Hila
preparing for their son’s return. They organized an overnight bag with
items from Gilad’s room that the IDF representatives will present to him
upon his arrival in Israel on Tuesday.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.