There were no soldiers kidnappeddenying the report, saying that the soldier who was supposedly 'kidnapped' was among Sunday's dead.
"There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," said Ambassador Ron Prosor when asked about the kidnapping.
The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group claimed late Sunday that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City.
"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address. He provided the supposed soldier's name and ID. "He is a prisoner, and if Zionists lie about the dead and wounded, then the fate of this soldier is their responsibility," the spokesman said.
The Facebook page of Oron Shaul, a Golani soldier, has been defaced overnight with Arabic messages claiming he has been taken hostage.
There have been celebrations in the Arab neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem overnight following news of the soldier's capture.Let's go to the videotape.
For those who have nothing better to do with their time, there are more such videos here.
There are actually two separate Facebook pages for Oron Shaul (in fact, there are more than two, all with the same profile picture), one which I did not bother to opens which is in Arabic and labels him 'comedian,' and another in Hebrew, which says he is from Golani and is here. Although his name is not among those that have been officially released, it is clear from the writing on the wall on his Facebook page that he was killed on Sunday. May God Avenge his blood. My guess is that Hamas managed to grab his dog tag.
I saw something on Facebook from Akiva Novick - who writes for Yedioth - that Golani soldiers fought extremely hard on Sunday to make sure that Hamas was not able to grab any of the bodies.