Two years and four days after having been attacked and abducted by Hizbullah on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border (July 12, 2006), the bodies of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were returned home.
Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser (almost 31 at the time of his abduction) was born in Nahariya on July 18, 1975, the son of Miki and Shlomo and elder brother of Yair (28) and Gadi (25). He married Karnit 10 months before his abduction.
Udi was a graduate of the science class in the Amal Comprehensive High School in Nahariya. He served in the combat battalion Zabar Givati. After his military service he toured Australia alone on a motorcycle for half a year. Later, he completed his preparatory studies in the Technion and went on to study environmental engineering.
Friends describe Ehud Golwasser:
Udi was a kind and much loved person. He was considerate of other people’s opinions even if they oppose his own. It was fun being in his company. He was a loving and caring person, always ready to offer a helping hand in any situation. He was a man of principles and values, knowledgeable in many subjects. He loved movies, music and spending time with his friends. A motorcycle buff, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of all models. As a child he sailed the seas with his father, and shortly before his abduction had received his skipper license to sail yachts and was planning to sail abroad.
Conservation of the environment was of the utmost importance to Udi. He joined a Green group to help clean Israel’s nature reserves. Udi loved animals, and although he suffered from a mild fur allergy, he lived with two cats and lovingly adopted an abandoned and injured dog he found in the street. Over the last few years he had developed a great interest in photography, and spent much of his spare time taking pictures of scenery and nature in Israel and abroad. His hobby had become a profession, and he began to take on projects as a photographer.
On July 12, 2006 Udi was abducted to Lebanon after Hizbullah attacked his military patrol.
Ehud Goldwasser was posthumously promoted to the rank of First Sergeant. First Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser, from Nahariya, was buried on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Nahariya Military Cemetery.
Eldad Regev (26 at the time of his abduction) was born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin, the son of Zvi and the late Tova Regev, and brother of Benny, Ofer and Eyal.
Eldad completed his secondary education at the Yeshiva High School in Kiryat Shmuel. He excelled in biology and passed all his matriculation exams with ease. In spite of his mother Tova’s untimely death when he was in the 12th grade, Eldad decided to serve in a combat unit and volunteered for the elite Givati infantry brigade. After his army service, like most of his friends, he traveled to the Far East. On his return he started to work while at the same time enrolling in Bar Ilan University’s pre-law preparatory course with the aim of being accepted to the university’s law faculty.
Friends describe Eldad Regev:
One of the qualities that made Eldad so special was the kindness of his heart – never hesitating to donate and offer aid to anyone in need. Eldad made many friends throughout high school and during his army service, all of whom can attest to his fine qualities.
Among Eldad’s hobbies were soccer (he had passed a coaching course amd was a fan of the Maccabi Tel Aviv team), music and books. A fanatic soccer fan, before being called up for reserve duty Eldad closely followed the World Cup games. He also attended the concert given by Roger Water (of Pink Floyd) in Kerem Shalom.
Eldad was called up for military reserve duty after completing his exams at the preparatory course in Bar Ilan University. Three days before his abduction he visited his family and participated in the annual memorial for his mother. Later, he watched the last game of the World Cup between Italy and France. The following day he returned to the complete the remainder of his reserve duty.
On July 12, 2006 Eldad was abducted and taken to Lebanon after Hizbullah attacked his military patrol.
Eldad Regev was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Sergeant 1st Class Eldad Regev, from Kiryat Mozkin, was buried on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Haifa Military Cemetery.