TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking Israeli Government official admitted for the first time that thousands of children were kidnapped in the 1950s from their Jewish mothers and fathers who had fled Yemen, before being given or sold to Jewish Ashkenazi families.
The official said that until today, those children do not know who their parents were, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
“The deliberate operation of stealing hundreds of children truly happened,” Minister-without-portfolio Tzachi Hanegbi of the Likud party said.
However, the minister did not explain in details to which parties the kids were handed to, but only said that they “hope to study the documents and evidences to understand what happened and try to reach a solution”.
Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the issue of the Yemeni children constitutes an “open wound for many families that do not know what happened to their children who disappeared, and are still looking for the truth.”
The Yemeni children were kidnapped from Israeli hospitals.
Hanegbi reached his conclusions after examining classified documents linked to the affair from the regime’s archives. Over the past several decades, there have been already 1.5 million documents gathered by three investigative committees tasked by the cabinet to probe the case.
Hanegbi said he would continue to examine additional documents after November and would then present recommendations to the Israeli cabinet to issue a decision that would declassify these documents.