And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?’ And his brethren could not answer him; for they were affrighted at his presence. (Genesis 45:3)
According to the Jerusalem Post, a Kuwaiti newspaper on Wednesday reported that Israel is currently working on a deal in which they would receive new information on the fate of Israeli Air Force soldier and prisoner of war Ron Arad in exchange for Iran receiving information on four Iranian diplomats who went missing near Beirut during Lebanon’s civil war in 1982. Arad was captured on an IAF mission on October 16, 1986 when he and his pilot were forced to evacuate their plane due to technical failure on a mission over Lebanon. The pilot, Yishai Aviram, was found and rescued by the IAF while Arad was taken prisoner.
During his imprisonment, three letters and one picture were sent to Israel. However, no contact has been made since 1987, when the Red Cross was last given access to Arad.
According to the report in Al-Siyasa, which quotes Western intelligence sources, the respective sides will be informed in the coming weeks whether Arad and the four Iranians are still alive, or conversely, where they are buried. The recent talks between Iran and the US has opened the way to a possible deal, according to the sources.The report has not been confirmed by other sources.
Al-Siyasa reported that the deal became possible due to new information on Arad given to Western intelligence officials by Hussein Musawi, the brother of one of the four missing Iranian diplomats.
A former Iranian Foreign Ministry official, Musawi is believed to be one of the few people who know the fate of Arad.
In an intriguing twist, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on Monday that the group had to deal with the missing persons, including the four Iranian diplomats.
“There are 17,000 missing persons due to the Israeli occupation, including the four Iranian diplomats along with other people during the Lebanese war,” he said..