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IDF Declares Death of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, [hy'd]

The news was delivered to the family in person by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon along with IDF officials.
2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin

2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin
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Late Saturday night, the Goldin family of Kfar Saba received the sad news that a special IDF committee had concluded their son, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, had fallen in combat the day before.

The 23 year old Givati platoon commander was killed in battle during the attack carried out by Hamas during a cease fire forced on Israel by the United States and the United Nations on Friday, August 1. The family was told there were enough pathological findings at the scene to declare their son’s death.

All Jewish laws, religious observances and medical criteria were taken into account prior to the ruling by a special committee headed by IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz, the IDF said in a statement to media.

A spokesperson for the family told media after the IDF announcement to thank the people of Israel for their support and to ask everyone to attend their son’s funeral “to accompany him on his final journey.”

Details are to be announced.

Goldin died in Rafah when a Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel near the Givati force and detonated himself as a diversion. Additional terrorists then attacked Goldin’s force, killing two soldiers – Major Benaya Sarel and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni.

The terrorists then dragged Goldin into a tunnel and later claimed he was alive.

But on Saturday a spokesman from the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas said the group had lost contact with the terror cell that had been sent to ambush the platoon. He said they believed they were dead, and probably Goldin as well.

As soon as Goldin was dragged into the tunnel, other members of his platoon raced in after him to try and prevent the abduction, but they were too late.

During that search, the unit found Goldin’s personal effects during the initial search, 20 meters underground.

Their next move was to prevent the terrorists from taking Goldin farther away; they began firing in all directions and destroyed targets in as many areas as possible, including buildings, vehicles and sending smoke down the tunnel in order to kill the terrorists who had taken their commander. It is probable that Goldin also died in that effort but highly unusual for Hamas to admit that as well.

It is not clear why, in fact, the terror group is, in fact, not claiming they have a live captive – or any captive at all.

The soldier’s family was notified in person by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, along with the head of the IDF Personnel Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai and Chief Military Rabbi Peretz.

“The IDF will continue to support the family, and escort them through the grieving period,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in its statement.

Hundreds of Israelis were gathered outside the Goldin home earlier in the evening to show their support for the family. The parents of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Gush Etzion in June, (Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar) also came to visit with the family and show their support. “We’re with them during this difficult time,” Avraham Frenkel, father of Naftali Frenkel, said.

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.


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47 Responses to “IDF Declares Death of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, [hy'd]”

  1. I don’t understand how they can declare him dead with no body.

  2. Thomas Riley says:

    May he rest in peace :(

  3. may he and all our deceased rest in eternal peace

  4. may he and all our deceased rest in eternal peace

  5. I pray for the family of this young man…that the Holy Hashem comfort+strengthen you in the great time of horrible loss.May the Heavenly Hashem help you through this time of mourning+bind up your wounds+heal your broken hearts Saving,delivering redeeming you bringing His healing Power into each of your hearts+lives.I’m deeply sadden by yourloss+pain.In Hashem Yeshu’a.

  6. My heart goes out to the family.

  7. Hamas has no mercy on anyone.

  8. Hamas has no mercy on anyone.

  9. I am so sorry!! I will pray for his family and friends.

  10. RIP Hero! May your lived ones be comforted and strengthened as well as your brave platoon that searched for you! Baruch Dayan Ha’emet

  11. Beverly Rook says:

    Our heart hurts with yours.

  12. May your soul rest in peace. You went down fighting for your God given land.

  13. So , so very sad. All this grief.

  14. Patty Hay says:

    So terribly sorry to hear thus

  15. Patty Hay says:

    So terribly sorry to hear thus

  16. Patty Hay says:

    So terribly sorry to hear thus

  17. David Grim says:

    Sorry to hear this.

  18. Judith Dowla says:

    May this be the truth even though this is not what I want to hear. No media lies please.

  19. Claire Green says:

    Dayan Emmet. Z’chor livracha.

  20. Liz Smith says:

    Condolences to all the family members, so sorry for your loss. May God undergird ad strengthen you all.

  21. R.I.P brave hero of Israel

  22. Rest in peace Lt. HADAR GOLDIN! GOD BLESS!

  23. RIP,God Bless,thank you for you service.May God Bless his family.

  24. Sharon Levin says:

    Prayers Yiskor Candle lit another great loss. Do what you need to IDF

  25. May you rest in peace

  26. Cris Burns says:

    I hope they burn him alive, just like u burn Palestinians

  27. My prayer for the family.

  28. Sobriety Jon says:

    The wicked will never go unpunished

  29. Sobriety Jon says:

    Harsh times we live in.the story is not so different evrywhere else.islamist embrace murder as a pivotal tenent of their

  30. Sobriety Jon says:

    Hamas wont care to waste the whole world in pursuit of their islamic agenda.

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