Rafi Eitan, the leader of the Israeli spy mission to capture Holocaust mastermind, Adolf Eichmann, 59 years ago, has died. He was 92.
A Tel Aviv hospital announced his death saying that he passed away on Saturday, March 22, according to the Times of Israel.
Shortly after his death news emerged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement to pay tribute to him.
Rafi was one of the heroes of the State of Israel's intelligence service in countless acts for Israel's security. There was no match for his wisdom, wit and endless commitment to the people of Israel and our country.
Adolf escaped from Europe to Argentina after World War II. He living under an assumed name when Israeli agents found his location.
The Mossad team of Rafi flew in and snatched Adolf Eichmann off the street on May 11, 1960, threw him into a car and speeded away.
Rafi and his fellow commandoes brought Eichmann back to Israel where he was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
Rafi had once said, "I was 51 years younger (then). But I am able and ready to do the same thing again."
Rest In Peace Rafi Eitan!
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