Hamas plays mind games with Shaul family

Hamas continues psychological war against fallen soldiers' families, claims Oron Shaul is alive and watched his father's funeral.

Dalit Halevi,

Netanyahu and Zehava Shaul
Netanyahu and Zehava Shaul
Kobi Gideon/GPO

Hamas is continuing its psychological war against the families of fallen soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, in attempt to force them to pressure the government so that it responds to Hamas's demands in exchange for the return of their bodies.

A "special source" told the Palestinian Authority-based Safa news agency on Monday that Oron Shaul, who was "captured" by the Al-Qassam Brigades, "broke down while watching his father's funeral."

Oron Shaul's father, Herzl, passed away on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer and was brought to rest on Sunday.

The “special source” who spoke to the Safa news agency gave no further details on Oron's condition and his health, nor did he provide any proof that he is still alive. The IDF has determined that both soldiers are dead.

This is not the first time that Hamas has played mind games with the Goldin and Shaul families.

In July, a commander of Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigades said that Israel does not really know that Goldin and Shaul actually died in battle.

Hamas's official line rejects any negotiations with Israel on the return of the bodies of the fallen soldiers until terrorists who were freed in the Gilad Shalit deal and were then re-arrested are freed.

The organization also refuses to provide any information about the conditions of the soldiers and is trying to create a deceptive impression as though they are still alive.

Israeli officials recently reported that Israel had opened communications with the terror group in the hopes of negotiating the return of the soldiers' remains as well as the return of two Israeli civilians held captive by Hamas.

Hamas denied those reports, saying it would not consider talks with Israel until security prisoners released under previous agreements, who returned to terror and were then taken into custody again, be freed.




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