Families Blast Turkey Deal for Failing to Bring Soldiers’ Bodies Home

The Times of Israel reports: The families of two soldiers whose remains are held in the Gaza Strip on Monday condemned the Israeli government for failing to secure the release of their sons’ bodies as part of the rapprochement deal with Turkey.

The family of Hadar Goldin, killed in the 2014 Gaza war, condemned the “bad and problematic” deal, which they said “ignores the pain of the families and the fate of Israel’s heroes,” according to the Walla news website.

“The prime minister’s statements are empty,” the Goldin family charged. They urged Israeli lawmakers to vote against the “bad” deal and ensure that the agreement hinges on Hamas’s return of the slain soldiers’ bodies.

The family of fallen soldiers Oron Shaul and Goldin met with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein earlier Monday, before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the deal that will normalize ties between Jerusalem and Ankara.

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