Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly threatened the Hamas movement of paying an intolerable price if it does not settle for Israeli peace terms.
The Israeli occupation government held an official ceremony marking four years since its offensive against Gaza in 2014. Jpost quoted Netanyahu as saying that he advises Gaza leaders to choose truce, or to pay an intolerable price, according to Al Ray.
He added that Israel saves no efforts in order to return their soldiers from Gaza, noting that its better to work in secret.
Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, announced on 20 July, 2014, the arrest of an Israeli soldier named Shaul Arun, during an operation east of the Shuja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, during the ground offensive; however, the Israeli army announced his death.
Earlier, in August of the same year, the Israeli army announced the loss of connection with soldier Hadar Golden, in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, whereas Qassam Brigades announced that it had lost contact with the group that captured him.
Hamas demanded the release of ex-detainees who were re-detained after being released, as a part of the Shalit deal.
Israeli occupation forces re-detained more than 50 people who were released in 2011, in a deal which saw the freedom of thousand prisoners carrying high sentences, in return for the release of soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured on the border of the Gaza Strip, in the summer of 2006, and remained in the custody of the resistance movement for five years.
On Tuesday, the family of soldier Hamar Goldin skipped the official memorial service for soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge, in 2014.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.