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Israel in 'Bittersweet' Moment As Remains Returned

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4 Apr 2019 (All day)
Israel in 'Bittersweet' Moment As Remains Returned
In what is being widely described as a “bittersweet” moment in Israel’s national history, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Wednesday evening that the remains of Sgt. Zachary Baumel, who has been listed as MIA (Missing in Action) since participating in the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in June, 1982, were returned to Israel from a third country several days ago, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying it was Russian soldiers who originally found and recovered them. Putin hosted  Netanyahu at the Kremlin on Thursday morning, where he told him, among other things, that “Russian military forces, together with the Syrians, located the body of Zachary Baumel," adding that Moscow had coordinated for the remains to be returned to Israel because "It is important that his family can place a wreath on his grave.”

Netanyahu replied that "two years ago I approached you with a personal request to help us find the remains of the soldiers, including Zachary Baumel, and I immediately respond, and I want to thank my name and the people of Israel for what you have done. I am always pleased to be here, but it is especially meaningful today because you have recognized the supreme value of bringing a soldier home for burial.”

Netanyahu is scheduled to return to Israel in time for the remains of Baumel to be interned at Mt. Herzl’s military cemetery in Jerusalem at 7 PM.

Here is a short video telling Baumel’s story



Western Wall Inspected and Cleaned Ahead of Passover
Ahead of the Passover holiday later this month, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducted a stability inspection and thorough cleaning of the site this week. On 10 April, the large number of notes left in cracks in the Wall will be removed and buried according to traditional custom.

Archeologists Unearth Ancient Jewish Village
Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev announced on Thursday that they have unearthed ruins from a Jewish settlement in Beersheba from the Second Temple period. Among relics found at the site were artwork with a menorah and other traditional Jewish symbols. "This seems to be one of the earliest known appearances discovered of menorah found in art," said a statement by Dr. Peter Fabian is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Bible, Archaeology and the Ancient Near East at the Ben Gurion University and Dr. Daniel Varga of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Israel Searching for Solution to Gaza Conundrum
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told KAN News during an interview on Thursday morning that in response to the recent escalation of attacks against Israel by terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip "All the options are still on the table, including entering Gaza and occupying it, out of consideration of what is best for Israel. But that is the last option and not the first.”

Today’s video gives some analysis of the threat of jihadi terrorism to Europe


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