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.
As mentioned in my comment below, you should also contact the Israel
Defence Forces directly:
IDF - Israel Defense Forces
Itamar Ben Avi 9 Tel Aviv, Israel
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: http://www.tzevet.co.il/
Web/contact info: http://www.tzevet.co.il/
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
There is a link on the IDF's web site to the following Ministry of
The Fund and Unit for Guidance of Discharged Soldiers
The Fund's web site is in Hebrew, but they have an online inquiry form
(http://www.hachvana.mod.gov.il/writeus.htm) 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:
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
Zahal Disabled Veterans Fund
c/o Mr. Ilan Egozi
49 Shmuel Barkai Street, Afeka
P.O. Box 39262
Tel Aviv 61392, Israel
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
These sources should give you a good start on the process of tracking
down your friend.
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