Trump adviser: Shame on Hamas

Jason Greenblatt meets parents of IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, whose body is being held by Hamas.

Elad Benari ,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, met on Thursday with the parents of IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, whose body is being held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

In a statement released after the meeting, Greenblatt said he conveyed his deep sympathy to Hadar's parents on the loss of their son.

“Mr. Greenblatt expressed outrage at the inhumane actions of Hamas for holding their son's body's hostage. Mr. Greenblatt shared his sincere hope and prayer that their son's remains would soon be returned,” the statement said.

Greenblatt himself tweeted after the meeting, “Met with Leah & Simcha Goldin to express my deep sympathy on the loss of Hadar. Shame on Hamas for their inhumane actions. #PrayForHadar.”

Goldin and IDF soldier Oron Shaul were both killed during the counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. Hamas has been holding on to their bodies in Gaza and refuses to release them for burial in Israel.

In addition, two Israeli citizens, Avraham (Avera) Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, are missing in Gaza and are believed to have mental illnesses. Hamas has refused to provide information on their wellbeing or whereabouts.