How Russia Views the Return of Israeli MIA Zachariah Baumel's Body

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Michael Zubovskiy - On April 3, 2019, Russia handed over to Israel the remains of Sgt. Zachariah Baumel who died in 1982 in Lebanon. The soldier's remains were found on the territory of the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus. "I must say that for the Russian Special Forces group that was engaged in this, it was not easy. But I ask you to convey the warmest words to the relatives of this soldier," Putin stressed. In Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a ceremony at the Russian Ministry of Defense. A coffin wrapped in an Israeli flag was carried by soldiers of the Kremlin's Presidential Regiment, and Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov accompanied Netanyahu at the ceremony which rendered the highest military honors to the fallen IDF soldier. These events confirmed that Russia has moved quite far from its anti-Israel and anti-Semitic history.

2019-04-12 00:00:00

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