2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, the IDF soldier abducted by Hamas approximately 90 minutes after the 72-hour humanitarian cease fire negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon began Friday morning has now been declared killed in action by the IDF and the IDF’s chief rabbinate.
Above: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin
Missing IDF Soldier Thought Kidnapped By Hamas Declared Dead
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, the IDF soldier abducted by Hamas approximately 90 minutes after the 72-hour humanitarian cease fire negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon began Friday morning has now been declared killed in action by the IDF and the IDF’s chief rabbinate, Ha’aretz reported.
A special panel headed by Chief Military Rabbi Brigadier General Rafi Peretz determined Goldin’s death Saturday based on forensic evidence from the scene of the Hamas attack, while also taking into account religious, medical and other relevant issues.
According to Ha’aretz, Goldin's family said they accept the IDF’s conclusion and thanked the people of Israel for their support.
According to Ha’aretz:
On Friday morning, soldiers from the Givati Brigade’s special forces company advanced toward a tunnel opening near the outskirts of Rafah, 2.5 kilometers from Israeli territory. The tunnel was buttressed by reinforced concrete on both sides; defense officials said it had been dug into Israel with the intent of carrying out a terror attack.
Some members of the company, including the commander, Maj. Benaya Sarel, his radioman Staff Sgt. Liel Gidoni and squad leader Goldin approached the structure housing the tunnel opening. As the rest of the soldiers went around the other side of an adjacent building, combatants opened fire on Sarel, Gidoni and Goldin.
The other soldiers reported that this was “heavy fire.” A few minutes later, additional forces arrived and discovered that Sarel and Gidoni had been killed, and that next to their bodies was the body of a militant who had presumably detonated an explosive belt.
Later, the soldiers realized that squad leader Goldin was missing and the deputy company commander decided to advance toward the building and enter the tunnel. The tunnel included corridors, one of them leading to a mosque to the east. Another shaft was found leading to a Hamas bunker.
Goldin’s father is a former IDF battalion commander whose commander was IDF chief of Staff Benny Gantz.
Update 3:23 am CDT 8-3-2014 – According to Ha'aretz, Hadar Goldin was a relative of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.