Russia to Return Israeli Tank Used in ’82 Battle With Syrians

JERUSALEM — In a sign of growing cooperation, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has agreed to return to Israel a tank that was seized during a disastrous 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon, an episode that left three Israeli soldiers missing in action and has haunted Israel for more than 30 years.

The gesture of good will was announced before a visit to Moscow, starting Monday, by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to commemorate 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia. The Soviet Union had severed ties in 1967, after the Arab-Israeli War.