Thursday will mark three years since the kidnapping of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, whose body is being held by Hamas. Today, his mother published a video addressing her son, giving her word that he will not be abandoned in captivity. “I never imagined that I’d have to beg the Israeli government not to abandon you in Gaza,” said Shaul.

Zehava Shaul

Zehava Shaul Photo Credit: Basel Awidat/Flash90

In a new video posted today (Monday) by Zehava Shaul, mother of the late Oron Shaul, she addressed her son and announced: “I will not let them turn you into Ron Arad.” In the background, there are photos of Oron and kidnapped navigator Ron Arad. She ended the video with a recording of Oron in which he is heard saying, “Dad, Mom, thank you for coming, love you.”

This coming Thursday will be the three-year anniversary of the IDF soldier’s kidnapping by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge. “My Oron”, said his mother. “I don’t believe that three years have already passed. I think about you endlessly and long for the day I see you again. I never imagined that I’d have to beg the Israeli government not to abandon you in Gaza.”

According to Shaul, she has been in a three-year battle with “messianic ministers who consider abandoning you a matter of God’s will or other ministers who see me as a nuisance and can’t wait for the meeting to end.” She also stated that there are MKs and ministers who express support for retrieving her son’s body, but they do not actively try to bring it back to Israel.

“I will not give them the pleasure of watching me turn into Batya Arad, who passed away in grief without seeing her son return home,” continued Shaul. “You, Oron, chose to serve in the Golani Brigade in Battalion 13 and fought in Operation Protective Edge while millions of citizens sat for 50 days in shelters and stairways. I will not rest until you return to the country you love so much.”

The late Oron Shaul

The late Oron Shaul Photo Credit: Courtesy of the family/Channel 2 News

The recording was published two days before the three-year ceremony marking the kidnapping of Shaul, which will be held in Tiberias on Wednesday at 7:30 PM. The ceremony will include speeches by Zehava Shaul, Chairman of the Israeli Labor Party Avi Gabbay, Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara, head of the Lobby to Bring the Soldiers Home Lobby MK Shuli Mualem, Golani Brigade Commander Colonel Shlomi Binder and the Mayor of Tiberias.