Ron Arad letters revealed

Letter written by captive Izraeli aviator in 1986 made public for first time. ‘I will never leave you. I’ll come back,’ he vows to wife and daughter


Twenty-five years after the capture of Air Force navigator Ron Arad by enemy agents, letters he wrote his wife and daughter in 1986 were revealed for the first time.



Channel 2 aired the content of several letters and portions of a diary written by Arad, in the first few weeks of his captivity.



Arad was captured by the Shiite militia Amal, after his F-4 Phantom jet was shot down on Lebanese’s airspace. Israeli intelligence concluded that within the first two years of his captivity, Arad was turned over to Hezbollah and then to Iranian hands.



Three letters and two photos of him were relayed to his family as proof of life in 1987. The last evidence to that effect was relayed in 1988.



Arad speaks of his longing for his wife and then-baby girl. Line after line of neat handwriting seeks to reassure them of his love and hope for reuniting with his family, while also trying to hide several clues give as to his location.



The diary was shuffled around in Lebanon for 22 years before Israel learned of its existence. In 2008, a copy of it was given to Israel as part of the Goldwasser-Regev prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah.


„My darling Tami and Yuval – I try to forget about you, because the memories are almost too much, but know that I love you. You are the only thing that keeps me from thinking about the absolute worse,” Arad wrote on November 1, 1986.




„I promise you the following: (A) I will come back. In a year? Two years? (B) I will never leave you. Never again. Even if it means I have to stop flying. (C) We will have our loving home. Better than it’s ever been.”



In a letter dated November 3, 1986 he tells wife Tami: „Hi again for the third time… I dreamt of you last night and it was great. We met after work, on the grass, and talked as we always did. And I was with you again. Waking up from that dream was hard but trust me, it gave me a few moments of happiness.”


Ron Arad’s whereabouts remain unknown. Izrael premise in the case is that he is still alive.