In Russia, Netanyahu Receives IDF Tank Captured in 1982 War

Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers seated atop their tanks flash V-signs as they pull out of the Nabatiyah Triangle, a hostile Shi'ite hill country in the South Lebanon 11 April 1985 during the second phase of Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
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The Time of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting Moscow on a state visit, formally receives an IDF Magach-3 tank captured by Syria in the 1982 Lebanon War.

The tank was taken during the June 11, 1982, battle of Sultan Yacoub, considered one of Israel’s worst failures in the war, in which 30 IDF soldiers were killed and another three, who were assigned to the captured tank, went missing.

Netanyahu thanks Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday for the “warm humanitarian gesture” and vows Israel will not relent until it finds its lost soldiers: Zvi Feldman, Yehuda Katz and Zachary Baumel.

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