Soldier NOT kidnapped
Update: 11:43 The IDF has categorically denied claims by Hamas that they kidnapped one of our soldiers.
Nothing official has been said yet but it is all over the pro-Gaza twitter feeds that an Israeli soldier has been kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza — they are listing his name and military number. I really hope this is not the case because there is going to be no support for another Shalit-like trade. That trade was incredibly divisive and the fact that so many of the terrorists who were released in that trade were involved in subsequent terror attacks and murders of Israelis — not gonna happen again. It may well be that he was one of the 13 killed today and they’ve got his tags. The list of names has not been released but I got an SMS and I know one of the families. This is so hard. The concept of losses before they happen is hard to imagine but easier, it gets harder still when they happen and especially if you have a connection. But the fact remains that this is necessary. Hamas pushed this and have proved that they are nothing more than murderous, callous, criminals who are intent not only on killing as many of our civilians as they can but of their own. We’ve lost civilians, we’ve lost soldiers and will undoubtedly lose more, and if a soldier is kidnapped…we’ve lost him or her as well. It will not stop our resolve to protect the rest of our citizens and to stop Hamas’ ability to terrorize our citizens.