Family of missing soldier: Haaretz has no heart

Family of murdered, missing, IDF soldier Hadar Goldin slams far-left newspaper for focusing on Gaza electricity, ignoring Israelis' fate.

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Hadar Goldin's parents, Simcha and Leah Goldin
Hadar Goldin's parents, Simcha and Leah Goldin
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Simcha and Leah Goldin, the parents of murdered and missing IDF soldier Hadar, on Monday morning clashed with Haaretz publisher Amos Shoken, after Shoken publicized a report of how much electricity Gaza receives.

"Haaretz continues with its anti-Israel slant: Every day, they publicize how many watts of electricity Gaza receives, completely ignoring the fact that Hamas still holds captive two of our sons, who are Israeli citizens," the Goldins wrote.

IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed in Gaza during 2014's Operation Protective Edge. Their bodies have been held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza since then.

"We are ashamed of you and of Haaretz," they wrote. You prefer to give a voice to needy citizens of Gaza, but you show no mercy to Israeli families whose loved ones are in Hamas' hands."

In response, Shoken said, "I feel your pain, but if today Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas cuts electricity to Gaza, does that make him your partner? Will four hours of electricity (instead of 2) make Hamas return Israelis? So there's really no connection."

"Abbas does what his committee decides to do and not to do - to pressure Hamas. You and Haaretz are clearing Hamas of all responsibility for the situation Hamas itself created. It's shameful," the Goldins said.

In February, Shoken apologized to the Goldin family after sharply criticizing the Goldins for attacking a newspaper article which targeted them.

The Haaretz television critic, Rogel Alpher, had described the Goldin family's conduct as "mad hubris" after it demanded pressure on Hamas in order to bring their son's body to Israel for burial.

In response, the Goldins tweeted, "Rogel Alpher produced an embarrassing show of demagoguery. He doesn't know the IDF value of mutual responsibility, of not abandoning soldiers in the field. The three religions all endeavor to bring the dead to a proper burial. Do you think that to want such a dignified burial for our son should be defined as 'mad hubris'?"