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Israel declares kidnapped soldier dead (Updates and Video)

Israel declares kidnapped soldier dead (Updates and Video)

Hadar Goldin declared dead after forensic field evidence examined

The IDF has declared kidnapped soldier Hadar Goldin dead. Haaretz reports:

A special panel headed by Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz announced the death of Goldin, an infantry officer in the Givati Brigade.

The conclusion was based on forensic evidence from the scene of the attack,a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said. It added that prior to the decision, religious, medical and other relevant issues were taken under consideration.

Goldin’s family was notified of the decision by the Head of the IDF Personnel Directorate Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, and the Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon accompanied the two officers.

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TrooperJohnSmith | August 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I don’t know how to say this except to say it: Many who have gone in harm’s way against a barbaric enemy have resolved ahead of time to not be taken alive.

“Save one for yourself,” is the way most of us have known it. Grenade, bullet, John Wayne-ing it. It’s all the same. There are some things worse than dying, and one of those is falling into the hands of barbaric “soldiers of Allah”.

My condolences to the family and close friends of this young man.

My prayers for their country.

this is very sad news. On the other hand, it is better that he died at the time of the “battle” than to have been held captive and perhaps tortured.

May he rest in peace. I pray for Israel.

So sad. May his family find comfort in precious memories.

I understand there is abiding hatred of Israel and the Jewish people on the part of Hamas and other opposing factions and the torture and horrifically debasing treatment prisoners might face, but I’m not sure I agree with those who find death more palatable for either the soldier or his family. Certainly it’s not a decision anyone can make on behalf of another.

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