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Vaccines to be sent to Gaza – without return of slain soldiers

The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee discussed this morning (Wednesday) the transfer of thousands of vaccines to Hamas in Gaza, without Israel’s immediate demand to return the IDF casualties held by the terrorist organization.

The committee’s chairman, MK Zvi Hauser, said at the beginning of the discussion: “Israel must not conform to Hamas’s rules. Israel must be based on mutual humanitarian principles in this matter.”

“All our actions are dictated by Jewish humanitarian values ​​in everything related to the Gaza Strip. We must make sure the government takes the right steps and does nothing to give in to terrorism,” Hauser added.

Leah Goldin, mother of one of those suspected to be held in Gaza, burst into tears and read a letter written by Hadar during a trip to Poland.

“Captain Hadar Goldin of Givati, has been held for six and a half years,” she told the assembly. “I was not in the army, but have worked with the defense industry all my life.”

Tzur Goldin, Hadar’s brother, said: “The Israeli government has proven in recent years that its policy is not to make efforts to bring the boys home, not through prisoner exchanges or pressure on the terrorists in prison, not for employment and business and not for projects and not for political solutions. The boys were left behind.”

” We’ve been six and a half years since operation Tzuk Eitan. At this point it is very clear to us that my brother has been the victim of the worst deal in this country’s history.”

Edna Seroussi, the fiancé of [..] Hadar Goldin, participated in the protest in front of the Knesset Wednesday against the government’s decision to provide coronavirus vaccines to Gaza without requiring the return of Goldin and the other Israelis held by the Hamas terrorist organization which rules Gaza.

“We are here today to protest and give strength to Hadar and Oron’s family following the committee’s discussion,” Seroussi told Arutz Sheva.

“First of all, we really welcome the fact that this committee exists and hope that it will lead to results,” she added. “We want to say it’s time to bring our boys back.”

“I think in the last six years we have reached a point where the state is not doing enough,” she noted. “There’s a very difficult feeling that they’re trying to sweep this issue under the rug and we want to put it on the agenda and say we’re here to bring the boys back.”

“We think the issue of humanitarian aid for humanitarian aid is fundamental, and it’s just not clear why that’s not happening and why they are not coming back,” she said. “Why don’t we use our power as the State of Israel to stand firm against Hamas? We just give them anything and everything they want.”

She said, “We should use everything in which we have power over them instead of giving them something that is extra, because even with us not everyone has been vaccinated yet and even with us it’s something else that has not been fully settled yet. And we just come and give them a gift and it’s not clear why. It is clear that this is going to the leaders of Hamas.”

Source: Arutz Sheva