The family of captive IDF officer Hadar Goldin appeared before the Supreme Court on Sunday and protested Prime Minister Netanyahu’s failure to keep his commitment to bringing their son’s body back from Hamas captivity.
Simcha and Leah Goldin in court Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90
The Israeli Supreme Court on Thursday discussed a petition submitted by the family of a captive IDF soldier, demanding from the state to deny prison visits from Hamas terrorists’ families and refuse to return terrorists’ bodies until their son’s body is returned to Israel.
“The prime minister isn’t exercising his moral obligation to bring my son back,” Prof. Simcha Goldin, the father of the late IDF officer Hadar Goldin, told the justices. Hadar’s body has been kept by Hamas since the 2014 Gaza military conflict. “This is why we sought legal assistance, because we realized that the prime minister’s promises didn’t match his actions.”
“I’m aware that being killed on duty is a possibility for a soldier,” added Prof. Goldin, who is a high-ranking IDF officer himself. “I’ve taught my kids that the army is responsible for sending troops to battle zones and the prime minister is responsible for bringing them back.”
In their petition, the Goldin family accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of repeatedly breaking his commitments for their son’s return.
“Three years ago, he told us in a meeting that bringing back the captive soldiers would be set as a pre-condition for any deal signed with Gaza,” he said. “But in recent years we’ve seen major recovery and upgrade in Gaza, and nothing is happening.”
A State Attorney’s Office representative told the court that some family visits to Hamas terrorists held in Israeli prisons have been stopped in recent weeks.