Leah Goldin
Leah GoldinYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Leah Goldin, mother of IDF soldier Hadar Goldin whose body has been held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since 2014, on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the discourse that is being conducted regarding the captives and the missing persons with the US administration.

Goldin is accompanying President Isaac Herzog on his visit to Washington.

"This is a day that is full of hope for us, the biggest hope since Hadar fell in the battle for the defense of our country, all thanks to the leadership of President Herzog - in actions on the ground and not in idle chatter," said Goldin.

"In the authentic meeting he created last night with American Secretary of State Blinken, I felt that I was being listened to and, for the first time, heard practical intentions for the return of Hadar," she added.

"This is a high point for me, for us as a family and as citizens of the country, as the return of the 'soldier of all of us' from the battlefield to Israel will be the most unifying, powerful and correct act - for the citizens of Israel, for the Jews of the world, and for the American citizens. May the unifying act of bringing back Hadar, over which there is consensus, be done now after nine years, when the citizens of Israel are more divided than ever and it need," Goldin concluded.

She is expected to join Herzog in his meetings at the United Nations in New York together with the heads of the organization, where the demand to release the captives and the missing as soon as possible will also be brought up.