An Israeli psychic medium on Thursday took credit for the Israeli army’s decision five days ago to renew searches for clues about the disappearance of an Israeli soldier nearly 20 years ago, saying it followed a report she provided six years ago after a conversation with an angel.
Alin Shlomo, from the coastal plain city of Holon, posted on Facebook that she was “so excited” about the search, due to end Thursday. “After six years, the searches are finally underway following information that I provided,” she said.
Hever left his post in the Golan Heights on August 17, 1997, wearing his uniform and armed with a Galil assault rifle. He has not been heard from since and is classified as missing, but not presumed dead.
In 2010, Shlomo posted on Facebook, and subsequently reported to the army, that “one of the angels” with whom she is in contact told her that Hever had been kidnapped and was buried in the north of Israel.
“I got to the meeting at the Kirya [Israel Defense Forces headquarters in Tel Aviv] and I repeated the message I had received to the people from the unit,” she told Channel 2 Online Thursday.
“I explained everything. I drew the route from [Hever’s army] base to that [burial] place.”
“When I pointed to the place, the unit people were amazed. They cross-checked the information with other details they had which have not been published. They were in total shock.”
Shlomo claimed that the army subsequently visited the area pinpointed by the seraph, but said a decision to mount a more intensive search had been scuppered by lack of funds.
The army said in a statement that all information received on the issue is checked “with total seriousness.” In Shlomo’s case, the data was reviewed, but did not lead to any new investigative direction.
“The Israel Defense Forces are deeply committed to missing soldiers and their families and will continue to work to locate all those who are missing,” the statement said.
Various theories have been floated over the years as to Hever’s whereabouts.
Some surmise that the 20-year-old was kidnapped and spirited into Syria, where he is still being held today.
Five days ago, the army announced it would renew “focused searches” for Hever on the Golan Heights and the mountainous upper Jordan Valley region.
“This is a concentration of effort by a number of units that are working together with the hope of finding new evidence that will shed light on the incident,” the army said.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.