He was serving as a tank commander in a bloody battle at Sultan Yacoub between Israel Defense Forces' and the Syrian army in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley when he and 20 other Israeli servicemen were killed.
He said the remains of Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel, who had been listed as missing along with two other Israeli soldiers who fought in Israel's invasion of Lebanon, had been handed over to Israeli officials.
Netanyahu was quoted as saying that he had asked Putin to help Israel find Baumel's remains two years ago, that he was grateful to the Russian leader for his help, and that Baumel would be buried in Israel later on Thursday.
"Over the last years, there were significant developments and the opportunity arose to locate the body and these efforts have been ongoing for over the last years, obviously under the current chief of staff and his predecessor as well", Conricus said.
Over the years, there had been unverified reports that Baumel and two other soldiers who went missing at Sultan Yacoub might have survived the fighting and been captured.
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Israel announced on Wednesday the return of a body of a soldier that had been missing since the 1982 Lebanon war.
Though it is believed that the three were killed in battle, another theory suggests that they were taken as prisoners in Damascus.
In 2018, Russian Federation - which Netanyahu is due to visit for talks with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday - said its troops in Syria had been trying to locate the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in previous conflicts.
Neither Russia nor Israel have given details on how or where the remains were found.
Netanyahu thanked President Putin and the Defense Ministry for the effort to bring Zachary Baumel for Jewish burial after 37 years.
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The military quoted from Baumel's last postcard to his family in Israel, which read: "Don't worry, everything is okay, but it looks like I won't be home for a while".
Putin said only that Syria - with which Israel has technically been at war - participated in the operation.
In 2016, Russian Federation returned a tank to Israel from the same battle. He said that their remains had been transferred to Syria after the 1982 battle. "All of our prayers during these 37 years went to one place and the prayers have brought us here".
Lebanese politician Walid Joumblatt, a harsh critic of the Syrian government, hinted in a tweet Wednesday that Syrian authorities were responsible for the return of the Israeli soldier. "I thought what I would do when you return, but now I can't even hug you", said Osna Haberman, Baumel's sister, according to Ynet.
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