Mossad agents extracted DNA from a corpse in Lebanon in their search for the remains of missing Israeli pilot Ron Arad, according to a report Tuesday on Al Arabiya.
The genetic material, was taken from a body buried in the Nabi Sheet village in Lebanon in September, in an attempt to obtain evidence substantiating Arad’s death, the report said.
It did not say what the findings were.
Earlier on Tuesday, Arab media reacted following Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s revelation that the Mossad carried out a mission seeking to uncover information about Ron Arad during a Knesset speech on Monday.
The London-based Rai al-Youm alleged that Israeli intelligence officers questioned an Iranian general on the matter after first abducting him on Syrian soil, then transporting him to an unnamed African country for interrogation, and eventually releasing him.
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Ram Ben-Barak (Yesh Atid), a former Mossad deputy director, criticized the publication of information on the operation in an interview with Channel 12.
A protest march for releasing the IDF navigator Ron Arad , the protesters on their way to Yerushalayim, in this 2003 file photo. (GPO) Arad was listed as missing in action by the IDF for 31 years until two intelligence reports by IDF intelligence and the Mossad claimed he most likely died in captivity.
The last proof of life from Arad was received in 1988.