web analytics
December 25, 2014 / 3 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Cleared for Release: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin Abducted by Hamas, 2 IDF Soldiers Killed

Sophisticated tunnel infrastructure in Gaza being targeted by IDF.

Sophisticated tunnel infrastructure in Gaza being targeted by IDF.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF has confirmed 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23 of Kfar Saba is suspected to have been abducted by Hamas terrorists at approximately 9:30 am Friday morning. His family has been notified, IDF officials said. (His family has asked the public to please pray for the safe return of Hadar ben Hedva Leah.)

Two additional IDF soldiers were killed in the same attack; their families have been notified, the IDF Spokesperson said. Their names have not yet been released.

The group of terrorists who carried out the attack, which occurred in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah, included a suicide bomber.

Goldin was allegedly grabbed and dragged into a tunnel by terrorists who emerged from the shaft while the suicide bomber detonated himself nearby as a diversion, sources said.

“The incident is ongoing and the IDF is in the midst of operational and intelligence efforts to track down the soldier,” the IDF said in a statement.

The abduction effectively ended a cease fire that was barely underway. Some 40 Gazans were killed and more than 100 wounded by Israeli shelling in the hour that followed the attack, according to local reports.

Rocket and artillery attacks on the Eshkol Regional Council district had resumed by 10 am, indicating a total collapse of the cease fire.

Asked if the cease fire was over, IDF spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner told media in a conference call, “Yes. We are continuing our activities on the ground.”

The Kerem Shalom border crossing was immediately closed. Roadblocks were set up at various intersections on route 232 near the Gaza border as well.

At the time of the attack, the soldiers were involved in neutralizing a terror tunnel. Two soldiers wounded in other clashes in the border town were airlifted by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

A spokesperson for Hamas claimed the attack took place prior to the start of the humanitarian cease fire window, at 7 am, during an exchange of heavy gunfire between IDF soldiers and Hamas terrorists in southern Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shortly after, according to a spokesperson for the White House. The White House issued a statement early Friday afternoon saying that if it proved true that Hamas had abducted a soldier, it would be a “barbaric” violation of the cease fire. That changed quickly when the truth became obvious.

Netanyahu informed Kerry that Hamas will bear the consequences for its “gross violation” of the cease fire, and its apparent abduction of an IDF soldier.

In a rapid follow up briefing with media, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest called on Hamas to release the kidnapped Israeli soldier. The White House spokesperson said both Kerry and Netanyahu had already discussed the next steps to be taken.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists said Egypt told the group that a planned meeting in Cairo was postponed ‘until further notice’ following notification by Israel of the soldier’s abduction by Hamas.

The European Union, however, has called on Israel and Hamas to renew the cease fire. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told media that member nations are “very troubled” by the resumption of hostilities. Ashton said it was “essential” for renewal of the truce, which must respect and end the killing of civilians.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

25 Responses to “Cleared for Release: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin Abducted by Hamas, 2 IDF Soldiers Killed”

  1. May he return safe and unharmed to his family… Sending many prayers

  2. Robi Joel says:

    God is with him! But z problem is y would israel agrees to a ceasefire? No ceasefire with terrorist & palestinian people!

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Praying for him and his family

  4. Renata Reich says:

    Praying for him ,and the two gone soldiers

  5. Renata Reich says:

    All you radical Arabs go to hell!!!!

  6. Robi Joel says:

    how abt u? hell is 2 good for u! crazy arab

  7. Val Gonzales says:

    Sending prayers for his safe return and for his family …God Bless Israel !

  8. Time to go in without restraint. Get rid of Hamas, and turn the horrible place over to Egypt

  9. Robi Joel says:

    u muslim think with ur dum ass! trust me when i tell u r z 1st person which hell welcomes not only u all muslims! U dont have z balls to insult jews,christians! God will punish u! U know we dont worship “stone” GOD like u

  10. May God bless this soldier @ protect Israel…

  11. May the LORD watch over him!

  12. Wish him safety and the blessings of HaShem

  13. David Hrutka says:

    during a ceasefire its called a kidnapping you moron…hamas are liars liars liars not to be ever trusted…they have proven it over and over….they don’t even care for the ceasefires to help their own people…hamas doesnt care about the innocent women and children there

  14. David Hrutka says:

    like your covered face pic…you are a coward just like hamas

  15. Edward Brett says:

    We are in mourning for Tish BAv…being him back to safety….

  16. God be with him and Isreal

  17. Praying for comfort and peace in his family’s hearts.

  18. Judith Dowla says:

    Hamas, if you know his whereabouts, please arrange to have him returned to his regiment. Do you want to talk with Israel about a few matters on your mind. If so please do. Thank you. Y’hudit (Tribe of Asher)

  19. I say put in some neutronic bombs in the tunnels so when the Hamas tries to use them they go off killing them.

  20. I say put in some neutronic bombs in the tunnels so when the Hamas tries to use them they go off killing them.

  21. Praying for his safe return. Prayers for his family.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
King Abdullah II
Intel: Abdullah — the Last Hashemite King of Jordan
Latest News Stories

Israeli Muslims who support ISIS hit with a travel ban.

The US claims that it is unlikely that ISIS shot down the Jordanian F-16 near Raqqa with a heat-seeking missile.

Channel 2 has released their latest election poll…

“Had the disaster not occurred, I would have never been living here; the tragedy triggered the change in my life…”

We will continue bringing tourists to Israel, even when the tourism industry is in decline,” Birthright CEO Gidi Mark said of the free 10-day trips for Jews ages 18-26.

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

Russia is one of Israel’s primary exports market, with produce amounting to 30 percent of all exports.

Bayit Yehudi, or its predecessor, the Mafdal party, hasn’t held the Education Minister’s portfolio since 1999.

Hamas is back to its old tricks of blaming rival – or cooperative – terrorists for attacking Israel.

Greek Jewish cemetery vandalized, graffiti called for “six million more.”

Intelligence is Israel’s most significant deterrence against terror.

Police said on Nov, 18: “One way to cope with the recent wave of attacks…is not to return the bodies to the families.”

The left are using one officer’s alleged crimes, to go after a different officer they dislike.

More Articles from Hana Levi Julian
The 13th issue of Al Qaeda's 'Inspire' online English-language magazine.

The latest edition of Al Qaeda’s online magazine urges lone wolf attacks on US airlines.

Jewish ritual slaughter is complex as it involves techniques that although ancient, are highly technical  to ensure the animal suffers no pain.

The Flemish Minister for Animal Welfare Ben Weyts has reversed his call for a ban on Jewish ritual slaughter in Belgium.

Israel issued a grim warning to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorists Wednesday over an attack that led to a major clash.

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu competed with others Tuesday in the fifth International Bible Quiz in Jerusalem.

Chabad of the Dead Sea has been busy “lighting up” the area — even as far as the Jordanian border.

Israeli government considers forcing an end to partnership between Delek and Noble Energy groups on the Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields; other investors are watching – and waiting.

For the first time, the UN Security Council has placed North Korea’s human rights record on the agenda for discussion.

The plot thickens as North Korea’s Internet apparently goes offline, and Anonymous hackers enter the Sony cyber saga.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/cleared-for-release-2nd-lt-hadar-goldin-abducted-by-hamas-2-idf-soldiers-killed/2014/08/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: