David Friedman attends ceremony honoring Hadar Goldin

New US Ambassador says Hamas is a terrorist organization, slams Hamas leadership for not returning body.

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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday attended a ceremony at Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill Wall dedicating a plaque to missing IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Wall of Honor was erected by the Jewish National Fund, and honors Jewish soldiers who died protecting their home countries.

"The pain of [Goldin’s] parents is unforgivable and unspeakable, and we hold Hamas responsible," Friedman said.

"The United States is very clear that Hamas is a terrorist organization, and a brutal and evil organization, and the US is committed to defeating Hamas and we’re committed to ending the suffering of Israeli parents – and any of those who have suffered from their acts of terrorism.

"I have no interest in [negotiating] with [Hamas] directly, but they will be defeated. I’m certain of that."

"He was ambushed and killed during a cease-fire brokered by the US and UN, so he was a victim of a ceasefire and is still being held by Hamas as a bargaining chip," Leah Goldin said.

"Now we see a new horizon with the new administration. This [administration] is totally different; they are open to listening and feel responsibility.

"They understand that Hadar’s case is a basic humanitarian issue that affects all religions... so now this is a precious opportunity for them to demand his unconditional return."

Israeli-Jewish Congress Research Director Arsen Ostrovsky asked, "Where is the outrage from the international community?"

"The same international community was up in arms recently over the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israel. But again, only silence when it comes to the lives of Israelis."

JNF board member Vivian Grossman declared, "The Wall of Honor is where Jewish soldiers are honored and recognized, and it’s not a memorial, it’s a living wall – a tribute to Jews who fought for their country."

"We thought it is important that Hadar’s name be up there not only because he is a hero and a soldier who fought with courage. More than that, once this is resolved and he’s brought home, Jews the world over should never forget what this family has been through."

Hadar Goldin fell when Hamas violated a ceasefire called during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Hamas has held his body, along with the body of Goldin's comrade Oron Shaul, ever since, refusing to return the bodies to their families for burial.