The mother of an Israeli soldier whose body is being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip is demanding that the government not return the corpse of Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan until her son and other captives are returned.
Leah Goldin, the mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was killed in action in the Gaza Strip in 2014, said in an interview with Channel 12 that the bodies of her son and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, currently being held by the enclave’s Hamas rulers, could have been exchanged for any of the terrorists’ bodies handed over by Israel.
Goldin’s son and Shaul, comrades in the IDF’s Givati infantry brigade, were killed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, during “Operation Protective Edge.” Their bodies were taken by the terrorists and are being held to this day.
“Six hundred seventy terrorists were released from ‘Operation Protective Edge’ until the beginning of 2022; the bodies of terrorists are being returned under the radar. Hadar and Oron could have been returned for any of them,” said Goldin.
She criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming that he broke his promise that Gaza would not be rehabilitated until soldiers held captive by Hamas were returned.
“There was a Cabinet decision that bodies of Hamas terrorists would not be returned, nor would bodies that Hamas has an interest in,” she continued. “I think 104 rockets indicate a great interest,” she said, referring to the projectiles fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The rockets fired mostly by Palestinian Islamic Jihad were supposedly in response to the death on Tuesday of Adnan in an Israeli prison following a three-month hunger strike.
Goldin said that now is the time to keep promises: “I want my son back,” she implored.