Before flying to Rome, where he is expected to announce that Turkey and Israel have reached an reconciliation agreement, Israeli Prime Minister clarified today that the government will continue fight until Avera Mengistu and the bodies of St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin are returned to Israel.

Netanyahu (archives)

Netanyahu (archives) Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gurshon (Government Press Office)/Channel 2 News

At the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the protests of the Shaul, Goldin and Mengistu families against the reconciliation agreement with Turkey. “We will not rest and not sit quietly until the boys are returned home,” Netanyahu said today (Sunday).

“There is a lot of misinformation regarding the possible agreement emerging with Turkey,” said Netanyahu. “I would like to make this clear: We are constantly continuing our visible and secret efforts to return to Israel the late Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin and also the two Israelis who are being held in Gaza. We are constantly in contact with the families and will not rest until the boys are returned.”

Later today, Netanyahu will fly to Rome, where the two countries are expected to officially announce that they have reached a reconciliation agreement. The Shaul and Goldin families, along with the Mengistu family, announced that they will fight the emerging agreement, after they discovered that the agreement includes allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza without receiving the bodies of or information about their loved ones.