There is some information about Arad...
Lieutenant Colonel Ron Arad (Hebrew: רון ארד) (born 5 May 1958, presumed dead), was an Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer (WSO)
who is officially classified as missing in action since October 1986, but is widely presumed dead. Arad was lost on a mission over Lebanon, captured
by Shiite group Amal and was later handed over to the Hezbollah.
Arad was brought to Beirut and held by the then head of security of Amal, Mustafa Dirani. The leader of Amal, Nabih Berri, announced that he was
holding Arad, and proposed an exchange for Shiite and Lebanese prisoners held in Israel.
In 1987, three letters in Arad's handwriting and two photos of a bearded Arad were received, proving Arad was alive. The Israeli government
negotiated for his release, but talks failed in 1988. After this time, credible information about Arad has been hard to discover, though
unsubstantiated claims of new information are made regularly.
To gain further insight on his whereabouts, Israeli commandos kidnapped Hezbollah member Abdel Karim Obeid in 1989, and Mustafa Dirani in 1994. The
Israeli government claimed they were being held in order to find out information about Arad. During his interrogation by military officers, Dirani
reportedly disclosed that on 4 May 1988, Arad had been turned over first to a Hezbollah unit and then to Iranian Revolutionary Guards who were in
Lebanon at the time aiding Hezbollah guerrillas, where he may have been taken to Iran. But neither Iran nor any guerrilla group ever offered any
useful information about his fate. Karim-Obeid and Dirani were released in 2004 as part of a prisoner swap. No information on Arad's fate was
released after the swap.
It seems almost certain that Arad was killed, or died, sometime in 1988. Versions of how, when and where he died vary and cloud an already highly
ambiguous situation. As terrible as it is for Arad’s family, this incident seems to me the risk that any member of the armed forces would take when
on such a mission. He was afterall intent on bombing PLO targets and an enemy combatant. However, perhaps the element that is worth noting is that
he was at that time on National Service, and as such, it was not his choice, so much as his obligation to serve.
I have to admit that on further reading that it is the kidnap of the four Iranian Diplomats that interests me more, and typically I have struggled to
find any further information. In contrast to Arad, who’s case is fairly well detailed on wikipedia, the four Iranians. The following two sentences
is the sum total of information for all four of the Iranian diplomats...
Seyed Mohsen Mousavi is one of the four Iranian diplomats that was reportedly kidnapped at an inspection point for the Lebanese Forces in north
Lebanon on 4 July 1982. His fate was never determined and it is presumed he is dead.
And there is little more on the event itself...
During the invasion of Lebanon on July 4, 1982, four Iranian diplomats were reportedly kidnapped by militiamen and Israeli forces at an
inspection point for the Lebanese Forces in north Lebanon. Their fate was never determined and it is presumed they are dead.
The reported missing diplomats are:
• Ahmad Motevaselian
• Seyed Mohsen Mousavi
• Taghi Rastegar Moghadam
• Kazem Akhavan
Iran called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to clarify the whereabouts of four Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon.
Israel has said it does not know what happened to the diplomats and it is believed that they were executed and buried at a site where construction
later obliterated their graves. 
A linked article from 2004 sheds a little more light, though not much...
The Iranian foreign minister, Kamal Kharazi, arrived yesterday in Beirut accompanied by families of four Iranian diplomats missing since 1982,
that Tehran thinks are being held in Israel.
Upon his arrival at Beirut's airport, Kharazi said that the main aim of his visit is to follow up the file of the four Iranians who were kidnapped in
Lebanon some 22 years ago in a Christian controlled area by a Christian organization linked to Israel.
Kharazi stressed that he has information that the four Iranians were taken to Israel. He added "we do hope after the exchange operation of prisoners,
with Israel to release large number of Lebanese and Palestinians and other detainees from other nationalities, that the turn of the Iranians will come
soon." For its part, the Iranian news agency quoted the Lebanese minister of state for administrative development, Karim Baqradouni, saying that the
Lebanese have sensitive information concerning the fate of the Iranian diplomats and they will convey this information to Kharazai.
The Lebanese minister who presides over the Phanalagists party refused to disclose the nature of these information which he said are top secret, and
relate to the second phase of talks and contacts between Lebanon and Israel over the exchange of prisoners.
Baqradouni did not explain whether the Iranian diplomats are dead or alive. He added "I do hope that the second round of talks on the exchange of
prisoners will permit the disclosure of the fate of the four kidnapped diplomats, definitely." During his two- day visit to Lebanon, Kharazi will be
meeting with the Lebanese leaders and the secretary general of the Lebanese Hizbullah party, Sheikh Hassan Nasrullah.
The four diplomats Iran seeks to know their fate are the charge de affairs in Beirut, Mohsin Mousawi; the diplomat Taqi Rastghar, the military attache
Ahmad Mtuselyan,and photographer Irena Kazem Akhfan.
While Arad could be held on a semi-legitimate basis as a POW, diplomatic immunity should have prevented the detention of the Iranians. Of course, in
the Middle-East rules seemingly don’t apply even at the best of times, so that is a moot point, and it is a waste of time arguing justification.
According to all on-line sources however Israel claims no knowledge of the whereabouts of the Iranians or their fate, however in the book, The Secret
War with Iran, it is laid out fairly clearly that Israel launched an investigation and the outcome of that investigation was the four Iranian
diplomats were detained and subsequently killed while in the custody of Phalange militia. So who are ‘Phalange’...?
The Lebanese Phalanges (Arabic: حزب الكتائب اللبنانية, Hezb al-Kata’eb al-Loubnaniyya), better known in English as the
Phalange (Arabic: Kata'eb), is a traditional right-wing political-paramilitary organization. Although it is officially secular, it is mainly
supported by Maronite Christians. The party played a major role in the Lebanese War (1975–90). In decline in the late 1980s and 1990s, the party
slowly re-emerged since the early 2000s. It is now part of the March 14 Alliance, opposed to the March 8 Alliance, led by Hezbollah, and the Free
Although Israel claims to have had no knowledge of the activities of the Phalanges actions in regard to the Iranian diplomats, the more that I read
about the activities of this group, the less likely that that assertion seems...
The Sabra and Shatila massacre took place in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon between September 16 and
September 18, 1982, during the Lebanese civil war. Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were massacred in the camps by Christian Lebanese Phalangists
while the camp was surrounded by the Israel Defense Force. In that period of time, Israel was at war with the PLO in Lebanon. Israeli forces occupied
Beirut, controlled the entrances to the refugee camps of Palestinians and controlled the entrance to the city. The massacre was seen as a retaliation
for the assassination of Bachir Gemayel, the leader of the Lebanese Kataeb Party. It is generally agreed that the killers were "the Young Men", a
gang recruited by Elie Hobeika, the Lebanese Forces intelligence chief, from men who had been expelled from the Lebanese Forces for insubordination or
criminal activities. 
The exact number of victims is disputed, from 700–800 to 3,500 (depending on the source).
Just a couple of months after taking the Iranian’s into custody, the Phalange were permitted, according to most sources, on the personal authority
of Ariel Sharon, to enter the refugee camps to ‘root out’ terrorists. The result was a carnage, women and girls were raped and mutilated before
being murdered and cast in heaps. Young boys were castrated and in some case scalped. All while Israeli troops stood outside and did nothing. At
one stage they sent out flares into the night sky to illuminate the camp, so that the Phalange militia could better do their ‘job’.
In short it seems that Iran has a fair case in calling Israel to account for the kidnapping of four of it’s diplomats, since only two months later
those responsible for the kidnapping were doing the dirty work for Israel in leading a massacre against innocent Palestinian refugees.
One begins to understand, to some extent, the need for a well financed group such as Hezbollah, as a counterbalance. Hezbollah full name is the
Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, and in many ways, I can’t disagree with them on that, they are, the people of Islam, oppressed from all
sides. Economically, ideologically and environmentally. At no time since the first world war have they been allowed the self-determination that they
were promised for their support in pushing out the Ottomans. At no time has anyone defended their rights to their territories. And though I do not
agree that the end justifies the means, I can see that they are acting in self-defence. They are certainly not behaving in ways any worse than their
oppressors. And more particularly, when you compare the actions of the Hezbollah etc. with the activities of a group such as Phalange, how can one be
classed as a terrorist organisation, and the other not? Obviously that depends on who gives the orders, or who the paymaster is rather. Since Iran
is by western definitions a ‘rogue state’, then it’s use of paramilitaries constitutes terrorism. Israel on the otherhand, as the ‘long arm
of the west’ in the Middle East, can do, and fund, as it pleases.
My original summary of the situation remains unchanged...what a #ing mess!