Leah Goldin, mother of missing soldier Hadar Goldin, at a Jerusalem press confrence July 5, 2018.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Leah Goldin, the mother of IDF soldier Lieutenant Hadar Goldin who was captured and killed in Gaza, slammed Education Minister Naftali Bennett and the government for still not retrieving her son's body.
Bennett "is campaigning on the blood of our sons," Goldin said in an interview on Channel 13 on Tuesday in response to reports of a potential truce with Hamas that would include a prisoner exchange. "Where has he been for the past four years?"
Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV station reported on Tuesday morning that as part of the truce agreement between Hamas and Israel, there will be a prisoner exchange, according to Ynet.
The report also stated that "the coming hours will be crucial in the decision of this matter."
A senior Hamas official Mussa Dudin later denied the report.
"When we learn about it from media reports it means that there is no agreement to bring the boys home, and once again the government missed an opportunity," the Goldin family said in response to the possible prisoner exchange.
"Prime Minister and Defense Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu must explain why he violated the promise he made to the families that there would be no series of negotiations with Hamas without the return of our sons."
“We always demand the return of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, but it takes time,” Aliya and Integration Minister Yoav Gallant said on Army Radio in response to Goldin's interview.
Shaul and Goldin were captured and killed by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Their bodies were never returned to Israel. The families have continually protested and begged the government to bring the bodies back home.
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