A memorial service for Captain Hadar Goldin, whose body was abducted by Hamas terrorists in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge, took place on Tuesday in which the family urged the government to do more to secure his return to Israel.
With tears streaming from their eyes, Hadar’s parents, Lea and Simcha, shook hands with hundreds of mourners who attended the service for their son.
The memorial took place in the military cemetery in Kfar Saba marking two years after his remains were snatched. Hadar was killed in Gaza and his body has remained in Hamas’ hands ever since.
“Hadar, you were a lighthouse and now that you are no longer here suddenly that lighthouse has gone,” said Hadar’s older sister, Ayelet.
Tzur, Hadar’s twin brother, called upon politicians to do everything they can in order to secure the return of his brother’s body: “Every day that passes is another one in which we have not fulfilled our obligations to our civilians.”
The government failed to secure his release most recently during the Turkey reconciliation deal when it came under massive political and public pressure to make any deal conditional upon the return of Hadar’s body—and other Israeli civilians and soldiers in Hamas captivity.
Despite the Goldin family’s expressions of disappointment at the failure of government ministers invited to attend the service to confirm arrival, which was published in Yent’s sister newspaper ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ two days ago, three government ministers did indeed show up.
They included Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Tzachi Hanegbi and Yoav Galant. In addition, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan also attended to pay their respects.
“Our commitment to Hadar has not ended. We still have one task before us - to bring him home together with Oron Shaul,” said Minister Shaked at the ceremony. “We will not rest until we have done what is required of us.”