Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is sharing an emotional moment in IDF history: yesterday after 37 years, the remains of Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel z"l, who had been missing in action, have been rightfully returned to his family to be buried in Israel.
Baumel was one of three soldiers declared missing during the battle at Sultan Yaaqoub on June 11, 1982 during the First Lebanon War. Despite the time that has passed, the State of Israel and the IDF did not cease in their efforts to bring the soldiers home, and recently carried out several operations to locate them.
This momentous accomplishment demonstrates the Spirit of the IDF in action, the official code of ethics to which all IDF soldiers are committed. The code recognizes the supreme value of human life above all else and dictates that IDF service men and women conduct themselves with utmost courage, even when risking their lives, to leave no soldier behind — whether or not alive.
I can assure you that the State of Israel and the IDF will continue to do all that needs to be done to return the remaining missing soldiers to Israel and their families.
It is an honor and a privilege to support a military with such strong morals and code of ethics. May the memory of Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel be for a blessing and may his family find a measure of comfort and peace.
We continue to pray for the return of the remaining missing soldiers.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director and CEO
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)