"No mother would want her son to be killed rather than be taken prisoner…You prefer to wait until he returns, even if it goes on for very many years." — Pnina Feldman.
THAT MANY YEARS OVER THIRTY YEARS NOW AND COUNTING!
From the Times of Article and the article by Hillel Kuttler from 2012 that special significance of the Israeli M48 tank to be returned by the Russian unmistakable, the crew missing-in-action THEIR STATUS AS POW NEVER DETERMINED!
"Thirty years later, missing IDF trio is all but forgotten"
"Yehuda Katz, Zachary Baumel and Zvi Feldman went MIA in Lebanon in 1982 and have since fallen off the radar of the Israeli public"
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"Later this month  she [the mother of Zachary Baumel] will travel to England to seek out a British diplomat who reportedly witnessed the parading of three kidnapped Israeli soldiers — perhaps her son, Katz and Feldman — through Damascus streets just hours after their capture."
THE AMERICAN JOURNALIST DEAN BRELIS [A MEMBER OF THE OSS DURING WW2] ALSO REPORTS HAVING SEEN THE THREE ISRAELI ALIVE AND WELL IN THE AFTERMATH OF SULTAN YAACOV!
The Hannibal Directive of the Israeli military in part formulated after the alleged capture of these three troops? A barrage of eleven battalions of tube artillery [200 pieces of tube artillery] firing simultaneously on the same target during the Battle of Sultan Yaacov a response to Baumel, Katz and Feldman all being captured?
Better that AN ISRAELI SOLDIER GO DOWN FIGHTING THAN CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY?