Daily Israel Report

Chief Military Rabbi Declares 1st Sgt. Oron Shaul Dead

The family has been informed. Hamas claims it has abducted the soldier, who was inside an APC that was destroyed.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/25/2014, 6:17 PM

Oron Shaul hy"d
Oron Shaul hy"d
IDF Spokesman / President's Residence

Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rabbi Rafi Peretz, confirmed on Friday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. Israel time, that First Sergeant Oron Shaul, a Golani Brigade combat soldier, who fell in battle in Gaza, is dead.

The family was informed by the Head of the Personnel Directorate, Major General Orna Barbivai, the Chief Military Rabbi, and the Commander of Habashan formation, Brig.-Gen. Ofek Buchris.

The family was told that halachically, First Sergeant Shaul is defined as an IDF fallen soldier whose place of burial is not known.

A military source said that since First Sergeant Shaul is defined as an IDF fallen soldier whose place of burial is not known, there will be no funeral and the family is not obligated to hold a shiva until further notice.