Two thousand Arabs and Jews attended the funeral of missing IDF soldier, Majdi Halabi on 12 October, after his remains were found near Druze village of Isfiya nearly three weeks ago.
Majdi Halabi was 19 when he was last seen on 24 May 2005, near Mount Carmel on a hike. His parents and other campaigners had long believed the Druze soldier had been kidnapped, and he had appeared on the Israeli Foreign Ministry's official list of soldiers missing in action.
Earlier this year the Israeli government announced that it was working on a deal with three prisoners, one of whom was jailed for murder, who had claimed to know what happened to Private Halabi.
After forensic testing and DNA evidence confirmed that the remains they were those of Private Halabi, Defence Minister Ehud Barak called Nazmi Halabi, the soldier’s farther and expressed his condolences, stating:
“We all, in the IDF and the security community, share the deep grief upon learning of the death of your son… I sympathise with your pain and send a warm embrace to the entire family.”