Did ‘Captured’ Israeli Soldier Die in Bombardment of Gaza?

Hamas Says Apparent Captors Were Slain in Israeli Strikes

British-Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin shot to the top of the headlines in Israeli media today, with the military speculating that the missing soldier may well have been captured by Hamas.

That’s the official assumption, at least, but mirroring the similarly false assumption of Hamas responsibility for kidnapping three teens in the West Bank no one seems to know for sure.

Hamas, for its part, denied having successfully captured any Israeli soldiers, and speculated that if he was indeed captured by Hamas fighters, as the Israeli military claims, he was likely killed alongside his captors in the intense shelling of the region by Israeli forces.

Turkey, which the US has enlisted in trying to negotiate a ceasefire, promised to do what it can to locate the missing soldier, though they say that restoring the ceasefire is their top priority.

Israel, for its part, seems most comfortable with the kidnapping narrative, whether or not there is still a soldier to recover after their shelling, and is looking to escalate the war in his name.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.