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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IDF identifies soldier missing in Gaza as Oron Shaul

The IDF has named the soldier who is missing from Sunday's APC incident in Shejaiya. He is Oron Shaul, the soldier whom Hamas claims to have. The IDF does not know if he is alive or dead. The Facebook page to which I linked on Monday morning has been taken down. The other six soldiers in the APC were all found dead. This is from the first link.
An IDF soldier who was in an infantry APC targeted in a Hamas attack in Gaza on Sunday is missing, the army said Tuesday.
Six bodies of soldiers  who were on board the ACP when it was hit were identified, the army said, but a seventh soldier who was also on board remains unaccounted for. His fate remains unknown, and the IDF is working intensively to find answers. 
The announcement came after Hamas claimed to have kidnapped an Israeli soldier on Sunday, not clarifying if he was alive or dead.
I'm going to share with you a couple of the images I found while searching for the one above.

I'm going to tell you flat out that I believe that the soldier is dead and that Hamas is holding a body. The body is probably being hidden somewhere in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. I'm sick over this. I'm even sicker over it because of this sentence that appeared in the Times of London on Monday (sorry - I don't have a link. I received it by email), which has also appeared in Israeli media, but will likely not be addressed until the current war is over.
"However, in a development that may lead to criticism of Israel’s political elite, it emerged that seven of the soldiers were in an ageing 1960s’ armoured personnel carrier when they were killed by a rocket-propelled grenade. All were from the elite Golani Brigade."
Oron Shaul was one of those seven soldiers. 

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At 5:11 PM, Blogger Reuven Wopschall said...

Yes, that bit about the antique APC caught my attention, too, and it's something that should be addressed. Reading about it yesterday left a hollow pit in my stomach. If the U.S. has been able to design and deploy safer personnel carriers, then I have no doubt that Israel can design and deploy better ones. Israeli fighting men deserve no less.

For Israel, human beings are, from both a Torah, moral point of view and from the strictly materialistic, military point of view, its most precious assets. Officers (and you can bet politicians, too, when they're out inspecting the field for photo ops) now have their own, personal mini Iron Domes -- the fighting men deserve the same. If anything, the safety of a man or woman at the front is worth more than that of a politician.

May G-d avenge the blood of Oron Shaul, and that of his comrades in arms, and may their families be comforted.


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