The family of a soldier killed in the 2014 Gaza war, and whose remains are being held by Hamas, has called for Israel to keep the body of a terrorist killed in a raid in Jenin Thursday, in order to pressure the terror group to release their son’s body.
In a letter sent Friday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the parents of Hadar Goldin said that holding the body would send a message to Hamas that its continued holding of Israelis won’t be tolerated.
“Hamas doesn’t act in accordance with international law and holds fallen IDF soldiers in a barbarous and non-humanitarian way,” the family wrote.
“Not releasing the bodies of terrorists sends a clear message to Hamas’s leadership that Israeli policies have changed and that humanitarian gestures from us are over until the return of Hadar and Oron,” it added, referring to fellow fallen soldier Oron Shaul, whose body is also being held by Hamas.
The Gaza-based terror group is also believed to be holding several Israeli citizens who entered Gaza of their own accord.
In Thursday’s raid in Jenin, Israeli special forces killed a Palestinian and captured two others suspected of being behind the January 9 shooting attack that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach.
While the slain Palestinian was initially reported to be the head of the terror cell, defense officials have since acknowledged that the cell’s leader appeared to have escaped during the Jenin firefight.
The Palestinian health ministry has named the Palestinian killed in the raid as Ahmad Ismail Muhammad Jarrar.
Defense Minister Liberman said Friday Israeli security forces were searching for the cell leader, who he said was “living like a fleeing dog… on borrowed time.”
The Goldin family’s letter came after the government on Monday said Hamas members and their relatives will be banned from making humanitarian visits to Israel, in response to a petition from the Goldins to the High Court of Justice calling for Israel to increase pressure on Hamas.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.