Death and ransoming of Oron Shaul

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Oron Shaul (Oren Shaul) was an Israeli soldier killed in a high-profile incident during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, whose death first drew international attention when Hamas announced that he had been taken prisoner, and drew international attention again when Hamas demanded the release of prisoners to return the body to the soldier's family.

Battle[edit]

During the fighting on July 20, 2014, Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF armored personnel carrier carrying 7 soldiers, including Oron Shaul. [1] Hamas rapidly claimed to have captured an IDF soldier named Aron Shaul, backing up its claim with the soldier's "photo ID and credentials".[2][3][4] The IDF later confirmed that the body of Oron Shaul had not been identified among the dead found inside the vehicle.[5][6][7][8]

Possible captive[edit]

Shaul's fate was the focus of great concern during the short period when it was feared that he had been taken captive, because, according to the Associated Press, "In the past, Israel has paid a heavy price in lopsided prisoner swaps to retrieve captured soldiers or remains held by its enemies."[9] According to the New York Times, "Hamas has recognized the pull such incidents have over the Israeli psyche and clearly has moved to grab hostages.[10]

Palestinian celebration of capture[edit]

The claim that an Israeli soldier had been captured, "touched off celebrations among Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank", according to The Independent, which ran photos of Palestinians cheering in the streets of Ramallah.[11][12] According to the New York Times, "Celebrations immediately broke out in Gaza and the West Bank."[13]

Hamas television celebrated the purported kidnapping with a victory mocking the grief of Shaul's family and celebrating the alleged hostage-taking in song: "We've taken a second Shalit, a young, blond-haired boy."[14][15][16]

Israel questions claim[edit]

By 22 July, spokesmen for Israel questioned the claim of capture.[17]

Confirmation of death[edit]

On July 25, Israel confirmed that Shaul was dead.[18]

Ransom demands for soldier's body[edit]

On August 11 Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya'alon visited the Shaul family to inform them that the government was making every effort to retrieve their son's body from Hamas.[19][20]

There was coverage of the request for Hamas to return the bodies of Shaul and another missing soldier, Hadar Goldin in Israeli and international media through the late summer and early fall of 2014.[21][22][23][24]

The question of whether Israel should release convicted Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Hamas' agreement to release the bodies of the 2 dead soldiers ignited a heated political debate within Israel.[25][26] Apparently referring to the 2 bodies, Hamas official Mushir al-Masri boasted that "Hamas has bargaining chips that forced Israel to succumb to Palestinian demands. The indirect negotiations mediated by the Egyptians may in the future lead to a new prisoner swap deal in which many Palestinian prisoners are freed." on his Facebook page.[27]

Ongoing negotiations for the exchange of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel for the bodies of the 2 MIAs have been the focus of international press coverage.[28][29][30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harel, Amos (20 July 2014). "Soldiers killed in Gaza were deployed in 50-year-old APC". Haaretz. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ Plesser, Ben (22 July 2014). "Israel Hunts Remains of Missing Soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul". NBC. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ Lynfield, Ben (22 July 2014). "Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli military names soldier Oron Shaul confirmed as 'missing' after Hamas celebrates alleged kidnap". The Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  4. ^ 'Hamas says it has captured Israeli soldier in Gaza ,'Ma'an News Agency 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ Harriet Sherwood, Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing,' The Guardian 20 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Israel says soldier missing, presumed dead; Kerry presses for truce". Reuters.
  7. ^ Ginsberg, Mitch (22 July 2014). "Golani soldier Oron Shaul caught in Gaza ambush is MIA". Times of Israel. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ Raghavan, Sudarsan (22 July 2014). "Missing Israeli soldier, canceled flights could shift dynamic of Gaza conflict". Washington Post. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  9. ^ Goldenberg, TIA (22 July 2014). "Missing soldier feared to be Hamas prisoner — a nightmare scenario for Israel amid international push for truce". National Post. AP. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  10. ^ Rudoren, Jodi (22 July 2014). "A Blast, a Fire and an Israeli Soldier Goes Missing". New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  11. ^ Lynfield, Ben (22 July 2014). "Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli military names soldier Oron Shaul confirmed as 'missing' after Hamas celebrates alleged kidnap". The Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  12. ^ Plesser, Ben (22 July 2014). "Israel Hunts Remains of Missing Soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul". NBC. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  13. ^ Rudoren, Jodi (22 July 2014). "A Blast, a Fire and an Israeli Soldier Goes Missing". New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  14. ^ PalWatch (23 July 2014). "Hamas song mocks Israeli MIA Oron Shaul". Palestinian Media Watch. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  15. ^ Unruh, Bob (23 July 2014). "Terrorists' song celebrates soldier's 'kidnapping' Tells Netanyahu: 'You retard, you will accept [our] terms'". WND. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  16. ^ Levitt, Matthew (15 October 2014). "Hamas is going through a rough patch, so what is it singing about?". The Hill. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  17. ^ Lynfield, Ben (22 July 2014). "Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli military names soldier Oron Shaul confirmed as 'missing' after Hamas celebrates alleged kidnap". The Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  18. ^ Cohen, Gili (25 July 2014). "IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead". Haaretz. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  19. ^ Raved, Yahiya (11 August 2014). "Ya'alon tells family: Oron Shaul's body is in Hamas' hands". YnetNews. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  20. ^ Ben Porat, Ido (11 August 2014). "Ya'alon Vows to Recover Body of Oron Shaul". Arutz Sheva. Israel National News. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  21. ^ Kieu, Chu (30 September 2014). "Bản tin 20H: Ukraine buộc tội Nga hỗ trợ miền Đông". Tienphong. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  22. ^ Aurora (1 October 2014). "Hamás: "Un trato por los cuerpos de los soldados es inminente"". Aurora. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Israel requested the return of the bodies during ceasefire talks".
  24. ^ TOIstaff (21 September 2014). "At ceasefire talks, Israel to demand return of 2 soldiers' bodies". Times of Israel. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  25. ^ CohenGil (1 October 2014). "Israel refusing to release rearrested Hamas prisoners from Shalit deal, official says". Haaretz. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  26. ^ Dvorin, Tova (30 September 2014). "Report: Israel, Hamas Close to Terrorist Swap Deal; Hamas official boasts of 'bargaining chip' ahead on Facebook page". Arutz Sheva. Israel National News. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  27. ^ staffIsraelHaYom (10 October 2014). "Hamas says it might trade IDF soldiers' bodies for prisoners". Israel HaYom. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  28. ^ PressTV (10 October 2014). "Hamas ready for Israel prisoner swap deal". PressTV. Iran. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  29. ^ MNA (14 October 2014). "Official: Israel, Hamas to discuss prisoner exchange". Ma'an News Agency. MNA. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  30. ^ Winer, Stuart (14 October 2014). "Hamas official claims prisoner deal coming soon". Times of Israel. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  31. ^ i24 (20 October 2014). "Egypt issues invitations for Israel-Palestinian talks". i24news. Retrieved 20 October 2014.