As part of his regular report on ABC Radio’s nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show, WorldNetDaily’s Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein tonight will discuss WND’s coverage of new evidence indicating an American-born Israeli soldier who disappeared in Lebanon 23 years ago may still be alive and in captivity in Syria.

Klein will appear on a segment tonight at 10:45 p.m. Eastern.
As WND reported, Yona Baumel, whose son Zachary was captured by Syrian forces in Lebanon in 1982, believes he has new evidence his son is being held in a Syrian prison. Baumel applied last week for a visa to personally meet Syrian President Bashar Assad to demand Zachary’s release.

Assad has come under daily fire from the U.S., Europe and many Arab countries urging Damascus to end its occupation of Lebanon and comply with an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, for which Syria largely has been blamed.

Baumel told WND Zachary’s release may be considered a good-will gesture toward the U.S. in a time of mounting opposition regarding Syrian policies.

John Batchelor, New York’s No. 1 rated nighttime talk-show host, quickly achieved the highest ratings on WABC-AM during the aftermath of 9-11 with his insightful and passionate debate surrounding the war on terrorism. Batchelor began national syndication in March 2003 and can now be heard on over 30 affiliate stations, including WABC 770 in New York, WMAL 630 in Washington, WKRO 680 in Boston and WWBA 1040 in Tampa.

The John Batchelor Show features themes that cover many topics – from military battles, presidential campaigns, planetary exploration and Hollywood politicos, to Batchelor’s own international travel. Batchelor has broadcast from all corners of the world and regularly brings on guests from New York, Jerusalem, Des Moines, Kazakhstan, Manchester, Morocco, Boston, Taipei, Washington and Baghdad.

Batchelor, a regular WND reader, has published seven political novels, as well as the best-known history of the Republican Party, “Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans?”

Klein arrived in Jerusalem last month to head WND’s new Jerusalem bureau. He joins Batchelor regularly to discuss his WND reports and offer the latest information on events in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on Israel, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Jordan. Klein usually appears in the 10:45 p.m. time slot during weekdays at a rate to be determined by the news cycle.

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