Family of fallen IDF soldier believed to be held by Hamas demands answers

Fallen IDF soldier Oron Shaul. Credit: Provided photo.

( Marking a year and a half since IDF soldier Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul was killed in action during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and subsequently classified as a fallen soldier whose burial place is unknown, Shaul’s parents Zahava and Herzl held a press conference at their home in northern Israel to call for answers. 

Shaul’s body is believed to be held by the Hamas terror group.

“Despite the efforts that have been made or not made, we have not seen a change in the situation and Oron has not been returned home,” Zahava said, Israel Hayom reported. “To this day, the family has no concrete and verifiable evidence that Oron is alive or not, wounded or dead, and we are in a situation of complete uncertainty.”

Addressing the Israeli government, she said, “A year and a half and the situation remains the same. This situation cannot continue.”

She also addressed Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, saying, “Hamas, like Hezbollah and ISIS, manipulates and conducts psychological warfare, releasing wild information without [providing] an identity. Without an identity, it is not serious in my eyes. I do not believe it….Ismail Haniyeh, I am turning to you again…I want to believe you. Give me concrete evidence on the true condition of Oron.”

Posted on December 14, 2015 .