VIDEO - Lebanese television network LBC says it plans to air a new movie soon featuring missing Israeli airman Ron Arad.
The promo to the movie, which was aired Monday evening, shows an Israeli jet fighter followed by Arad speaking to the camera.
|Promo for documentary on Ron Arad on LBC (Video: Channel 2) |
The content of the movie is unclear at this time. The network, associated with Lebanon's Christian community, is boasting that the film is an exclusive. The promo promises that the images and sounds will be aired for the first time ever.
Ynet has learned that the videotape was apparently handed to the LBC network by the Shiite party in Lebanon, which was previously affiliated with Hizbullah. The tape did not come from Hizbullah itself, as the group is unlikely to have given the tape to Christian sympathizers.
Sources close to the Arad family told Ynet that the family identified the photo as authentic, but that they were uncertain as to its meaning. Chen Arad, the navigator's brother, said that until the publications in the Israeli media they have not received any information regarding the new tape.
In October 16, 1986, an Israeli Air Force jet was hit while attacking terrorist targets south of Sidon. Arad and the pilot bailed out of the plane over Lebanese territory. A helicopter dispatched by the army managed to rescue the pilot, but Arad was not as fortunate and was captured by the Shiite Amal organization.
After being captured, Arad exchanged hands and according to some estimates eventually reached Iran. Israel received no sign of life from him for many years.
In the last prisoner swap with Hizbullah that secured the release of Elhanan Tennenbaum and the bodies of three IDF soldiers, Israel released Hizbullah's top two prisoners, which were held in Israel in an attempt to secure information about Arad and possibly serve as bargaining chips.
The Arad family was infuriated after the release of Mustafa Dirani and the Sheikh Obeid and charged that Israel abandoned Arad. A non-profit organization set up on behalf of the missing navigator is offering a financial reward for any information about him.