IDF regrets returning terrorists’ bodies to PA, says it’s changed policy

After the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the state should not return the bodies of terrorists until an additional hearing has been conducted on the matter, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot admitted on Wednesday that it was a mistake to return the bodies of two terrorists over the weekend.
Palestinians carry the bodies of terrorists in the West Bank Photo Credit: Flash 90

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot stated on Wednesday that the military made a mistake when it returned the bodies of terrorists over the weekend. Speaking to the security cabinet, Eizenkot said that the “matter is being investigated” and that “the policy has been changed so that the mistake does not repeat itself.”

On Friday afternoon, the IDF released the bodies of the terrorist who murdered three Israelis in Har Adar in September and the terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in Karmei Tzur earlier this month.

The terrorists’ bodies were returned to their families a day after Israel’s Supreme Court discussed a petition filed by the parents of Hadar Goldin, a fallen Israeli soldier whose body is being held by Hamas in Gaza. The Goldin family is demanding that the bodies of terrorists remain in Israel’s custody and not be returned to their families. The state agreed during the hearing to implement the security cabinet’s decision and not return bodies of terrorists.

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut ruled that an additional hearing will be held on the matter with an expanded court bench of seven judges. Hayut also ruled that until the hearing, slated for June, the state should not return the bodies of terrorists to the Palestinian Authority.

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