Soldier who went missing arrives home safe and sound

Soldier who went missing arrives home safe and sound

20-year-old serviceman Liraz Benbenishti had vanished after leaving his base on Tuesday

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A soldier who went missing on Tuesday arrived home in Ramat Gan safe and sound on Wednesday. Police reported that he had earlier contacted a family member by phone, prompting the Tel Aviv District police to call off a day-long search.

Liraz Benbenishti (courtesy Israel Police)
Liraz Benbenishti (photo credit: Courtesy Israel Police)

Liraz Benbenishti, 20, left his air force base near Gedera on Tuesday and police said he was last seen on Medinat Hayehudim Street in Herzliya later that day.

According to Maariv, the soldier had recently clashed with his commanding officer over a court martial he was facing concerning damage to a computer program. After his family contacted police about his disappearance, police investigators studied his home computer and discovered that Benbenishti has recently been browsing websites that address methods of suicide.

Stuart Winer contributed to this report.

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