Goldin was born and raised in Kfar Saba and attended Bar Ilan elementary in the city. He has three siblings - Ayelet, Menachem, and his twin brother Zur, a combat officer. His father, Dr. Simcha Goldin, is a professor in Tel Aviv University specializing in Ashkenazi Judaism.
The security event occurred around 9:30 am – more than an hour after the start of a UN-sponsored humanitarian ceasefire. According to a senior military source, one terrorist emerged from a tunnel in the southern Strip and detonated himself near an IDF force, at the same time it is likely that 2nd Lieut. Goldin was abducted.
Following the event, the IDF launched an intelligence campaign to locate Goldin. At the same time the IDF began firing on the area; Palestinian sources reported dozens were killed by artillery fire in the area of Rafah.