Scottsdale, AZ (Sept. 3, 2015) – Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of Israeli Army reservist Ehud “Udi” Goldwasser whose abduction in July 2006 sparked the 2006 Lebanon War, speaks at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus on Sept. 24.
Karnit Goldwasser eagerly anticipated her husband’s return from his required one-month reservist duty. Instead, she learned that he and another reservist, Eldad Regev, had been captured in a cross-border raid by Hezbollah as his unit patrolled the Lebanon border.
The men’s kidnapping sparked a war that continued until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire. It also sparked Karnit Goldwasser’s global campaign to bring her husband home: Though the resolution called for the return of the men, the UN did not include the return in the binding conditions.
Karnit Goldwasser began touring to rally international support for the men’s release. Her fight to bring them home lasted two intense years. Her battled ended with the return of both men’s bodies during a prisoner swap in July 2008. During those two years, Hezbollah would not confirm whether or not the men were alive.
In her book, “The Way to You,” Karnit Goldwasser recounts her behind-the-scenes struggle to bring her husband home and what happened when the media cameras went dark. She shares her story in person on Thurs., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The cost to attend is $10 per person.
The event is presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Israel Center in partnership with the Israel American Council. Reservations are required and can be made at jewishphoenix.org/goldwasser.
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