Israel says missing soldier was killed in Gaza, not captured
The IDF spokesman on Sunday morning announced the death of of IDF officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle inthe Gaza Strip on Friday.
At 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, the Chief Rabbi of the IDF,Brigadier Gen. Rafi Peretz, declared Goldin dead.
The decision was made according to the findings of a special board, headed by the rabbi, who consideration medical,halachic and other relevant considerations.
The message was delivered to the family by the Head ofPersonnel, Major General Orna Barbibay and Peretz.
Earlier Saturday, Sec.-Lt. Hadar Goldin's family saw the news that the IDF was beginning to withdraw from Gaza without Hadar, who they discovered was reportedly captured by Hamas just before Shabbat began.
For Hadar’s father, Simcha Goldin, the news sounded like a rumor, fantasy, something unthinkable that could not come to pass.
“I served in the reserves until I was 50 and was a battalion commander, and it’s unthinkable to me that the IDF would abandon one of its fighters. My commander in the Northern Command was [Chief of Staff] Benny Gantz and there is no way that he would give the IDF the order to withdraw from any place when a soldier is still there,” Simcha said Saturday night.
Hadar, an officer in Palsar Givati, an elite reconnaissance unit of the infantry brigade, got engaged a few months ago to his girlfriend, Edna. His family said he made the decision to get engaged shortly after the kidnapping of the three teens in Gush Etzion, and that they were working on some of the preparations for his wedding when they received the news he was missing in action and feared kidnapped.