Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: mskantor-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 28 Aug 2002 07:20 PDT
Expires: 27 Sep 2002 07:20 PDT
Question ID: 59423
I am trying to locate someone I met more than 20 years ago in Israel. 
I discovered some old letters and sent a letter to the return address,
but it was returned to me.  Among the old letters was his military ID
number.  Is it possible to locate someone with this number?  I
remember enough Hebrew to use the Bezeq telephone directory and I
found 4 listings with the same name.  Is it possible to us the
military ID to at least find out what city he lives in?  If so, how
would I go about it?

Thank you.

Clarification of Question by mskantor-ga on 28 Aug 2002 09:33 PDT
To Morningstar:  it is an Israeli ID. number.

Clarification of Question by mskantor-ga on 29 Aug 2002 03:17 PDT
Thank you for all comments and information.  To clarify, there is no
intention to disclose personal information of any kind.  The question
pertained to process only--it it possible to do and what is the
appropriate resource.
Subject: Re: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
Answered By: huntsman-ga on 29 Aug 2002 14:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for your clarification. 

As you may have noticed, Google Answers researchers are wary of (and
prohibited from) discussing personal information about individuals,
even if it might be publicly available on the web. However, in this
case, I can help you with the process by providing names and contact
information for government and non-profit sources that can help you.

If you have your friend's name, last known address, and his Israeli
military ID number, it is *possible* to try and find out his current
location. Whether you actually succeed in doing so is the challenge.
Since this person is your friend, it will be more effective if you
personally contact the sources listed below.

To keep everything proper, I suggest you make inquiries with official
Israeli military sources and veterans' organizations. They may say
"No", but they may also help you, or at least refer you to someone who

I assume that you live in the United States. If so, I would start with
the following U.S. association. Although their membership consists of
Jewish members of United States military forces, they have ties to
Israel and can give you some helpful suggestions:

   Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. 
   1811 R Street, NW 
   Washington, DC 20009. 
   Tel: 202-265-6280

As mentioned in my comment below, you should also contact the Israel
Defence Forces directly:

   IDF - Israel Defense Forces 
   Assistance Division 
   IDF Spokesperson 
   Itamar Ben Avi 9 Tel Aviv, Israel
   Tel: 1-972-03-608-0215 
   Fax: 1-972-03-608-0334  

The largest veterans' association in Israel is "Tzevet". Although
their web page is in Hebrew, perhaps you understand enough of it to
read their address and other contact information:

   IDF Veterans of War Association 
   Web/home page:
   Web/contact info:

If not, check with the "Jewish War Veterans of the USA" noted above:
they have been associated with Tzevet for many years and should be
able to give you Tzevet's contact information in English.

You may hear about another Israeli veterans' organization called the
"Israel War Veterans League", but their members served primarily in
World War II.

One suggestion: some organizations distribute newsletters to their
members in which you can place ads asking about a particular veteran.
If you're lucky, a fellow soldier may recognize your friend's name and
let you know. Be sure to ask about newsletters when you contact anyone
listed here.

There is a link on the IDF's web site to the following Ministry of
Defense organization:

   The Fund and Unit for Guidance of Discharged Soldiers

The Fund's web site is in Hebrew, but they have an online inquiry form
( where you can submit
questions. If you understand enough Hebrew to fill out and submit the
form properly, it seems worth a try.

You can also contact non-profit foundations in Israel that work with
veterans. The following information was obtained from:

   Giving Wisely 
   The Internet Directory of Israeli Nonprofit
   and Philanthropic Organizations

   Here are some appropriate foundations:

   The Joseph S. and Caroline Gruss Life Monument Fund 
   for Assistance to I.D.F. Ex-Servicemen 
   c/o Naomi Freund
   8 Hatzfirah St.
   P.O. Box 8052
   Jerusalem 93102, Israel
   Tel: 1-972-02-561-7176  
   Fax: 1-972-02-566-0549  

   Zahal Disabled Veterans Fund 
   c/o Mr. Ilan Egozi
   49 Shmuel Barkai Street, Afeka
   P.O. Box 39262
   Tel Aviv 61392, Israel
   Tel: 1-972-02-646-1603  
   Fax: 1-972-03-642-1316  

   Zehava Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund 
   for Disabled I.D.F. Veterans 
   Poalim Trust Services Ltd.
   11 Hanegev Street
   P.O. Box 27
   Tel Aviv 61000, Israel
   Tel: 1-972-03-714-3388  
   Fax: 1-972-03-714-3624
   Email: n/a
   Web: n/a  

These sources should give you a good start on the process of tracking
down your friend.

Thank you,

Search Terms & Google Results - 

   idf veterans association
mskantor-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for your excellent research.  Your answer was prompt,
respectful and professional and provided me with relevant information
I was unable to find after searching the web for several hours. Your
advice regarding contacting the organizations was well-informed and
prudent.  Now for the hard work---brushing up on my Hebrew!

Subject: Re: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
From: morningstar2000-ga on 28 Aug 2002 07:58 PDT
Dear mskantor - 
    When you referr to Military ID are you speaking of US Military or
another Countries Military ID?

Subject: Re: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
From: siliconsamurai-ga on 28 Aug 2002 08:48 PDT
Upon further thought, I would like to add that any attempt to locate a
member of this organization could be considered a hostile act
considering their situation.  I recommend extreme caution even though
I feel certain your intention is entirely legitimate and benign and
that you probably never gave a thought to the security implications of
your question.

Please don't take this as a personal comment on you, but you have
raised a potentially touchy subject.

The editors may also decide this is a legitimate question and leave it
Subject: Re: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
From: huntsman-ga on 28 Aug 2002 22:38 PDT

It's true that we want to avoid revealing anyone's personal

Why not find out if this is possible from the most authoritative
source? The home page of the Israel Defense Forces is here:

   IDF - Israel Defense Forces

The following contact information is at the bottom of their home page:

   Assistance Division
   IDF Spokesperson
   Itamar Ben Avi 9 Tel Aviv, Israel
   Fax: +972-3-6080334 
   Phone: +972-3-6080215

Send a message to the IDF's email address -- don't include your
friend's ID number unless they ask for it -- and find out if they can
look him up.

Do you have a relative or friend living in Israel who could make local
inquiries for you?

Thank you,
Subject: Re: Military ID number to locate someone in Israel
From: dannidin-ga on 30 Aug 2002 02:49 PDT
Hi mskantor-ga,

It seems strange to me that no one suggested what to me seems obvious:
if you only found 4 listings with the name of the person you're
looking for, why not write/call all 4 of them and ask if they are your

Also, I couldn't understand from your question if you actually called
the 144 telephone directory, or used the online version In the previous case, you might want to try the
online one, to save you some Hebrew frustration (the website is in
Hebrew, but still it's easier than talking to a living person I
imagine). There is an English website for the Israeli Yellow Pages, but it only lists businesses, still
maybe it would come in handy.

Hope this helps,


Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy