Information concerning the fate of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad may finally be obtained through a deal in the works with Iran, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Israel will furnish Iran with information about four Iranian diplomats who went missing near Beirut during Lebanon’s civil war in 1982, and will receive in return information about Arad, who was captured by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Amal 27 years ago, and then disappeared.
Quoting Western sources, the newspaper said that the two sides will be informed whether Arad and the four Iranians are still alive, or conversely, where they are buried.
Al-Siyasa reported that the deal became possible due to new information on Arad received by Western intelligence officials. The new information was reportedly passed to the intelligence officials by Hussein Musawi, brother of one of the four missing Iranians.
A former Iranian Foreign Ministry official, Musawi is believed to be one of the few people who know what happened to Arad.
On Oct. 16, 1986, Arad served as a navigator during an IAF mission to hit terrorist targets in the Lebanese city of Sidon. A technical failure in the plane led Arad and his pilot to evacuate. The pilot, Yishai Aviram, was found and rescued by the IAF, but Arad was taken prisoner.