Simcha and Leah Goldin
Simcha and Leah GoldinHadas Parush/ Flash 90

The family of soldier Hadar Goldin, whose body is being held by Hamas in Gaza, blasted the Cabinet’s decision to permanently open the Rafiah Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt immediately after the Muslim Eid al Adha (“Sacrifice Feast”) holiday next month.

Hadar’s parents Simcha and Leah Goldin said this morning, “Behind the words ‘We are doing everything to bring back Hadar and Oron [Shaul]’ lies a reality in which they are not doing a thing to return the soldiers.”

“The Government has been disgracing the Cabinet’s decisions since the beginning of 2017 and doesn’t make a connection between humanitarian issues in Gaza and the return of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, and the other citizens being held by Hamas. The decision to allow the opening of the Rafiah Crossing permanently, for the first time since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, is a failure in values and morality, because we’re talking about a conspicuously humanitarian matter.”

The parents added that those who worry about the humanitarian needs of Hamas and Gaza residents must make the “most basic and humane” demand of returning the soldiers.

“Hadar and Oron and the civilians are being held in a pirating fashion by Hamas. We demand that the Prime Minister and Cabinet abandon the [current] ‘zero action’ situation and start acting to return our sons home,” they added.