Talk about the Israeli prisoners, who are being held by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), in the Gaza Strip returned to the forefront of events, after Israel linked allowing the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip to their release.
Hamas keeps four Israelis, including two soldiers who were captured during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014. As for the other two, they entered Gaza in unclear circumstances, and the movement does not disclose the fate of the four detainees or their health status.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said during his visit to Cairo on Sunday, “I will focus on Israel’s commitment above all considerations, on returning our soldiers and citizens who are in the grip of Hamas.”
Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the Israeli demand to return the soldiers and civilians detained in the Gaza Strip as soon as possible, as he posted on his Twitter account.
As for Hamas, it rejects the link between the reconstruction process and the exchange of prisoners, and insists on making a deal according to its terms, represented in the liberation of a large number of Palestinian prisoners.
Apparently, as a response to the statements of the Israeli leaders, Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the movement in Gaza, told reporters on Monday, “Register your resistance number 1111, you will mention this number,” without further explanation, in what appeared to be the number of Palestinian prisoners that the movement seeks to liberate in exchange for the release of the Israelis. The four.
- Shaul Aaron was born on December 27, 1993, and resided in the Poriya settlement in the Nazareth region, according to Israeli sources.
- Aaron joined the ranks of the Israeli army, served in the elite brigade on the border with the Gaza Strip, and participated in the war on Gaza in 2014.
- Al-Qassam Brigades fighters captured Aaron in an operation against the Israeli army east of the Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza, on July 20, 2014, and this operation resulted in the killing of 14 Israeli soldiers.
- Israel did not announce the soldier’s capture, except after the Al-Qassam Brigades announced this in a tape broadcast by its spokesman, Abu Obeida, where he published his military number.
- Israel says Aaron was killed, but his family refuses to accept this account.
- Since his capture until now, Hamas has not provided any information of his own.
Soldier Hadar Golden
- Private Hadar Golden was born on February 18, 1991.
- Golden holds the rank of second lieutenant, the Givati Brigade in the IDF, and is the cousin of Moshe Ya’alon, the former Israeli defense minister.
- Golden was captured by Hamas, in the Rafah area in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 1, 2014, during the war.
- Hamas did not announce the kidnapping of Goldin immediately, but it returned and acknowledged its responsibility for that after the end of the war.
- In response to the kidnapping, Israel committed a massacre in Rafah. It carried out indiscriminate shelling of citizens’ homes, killing more than 100 Palestinians, including children and women.
- Avera Mengistu was born in Ethiopia on August 22, 1986.
- His family immigrated to Israel when he was 5 years old and resided in Ashkelon.
- Mengistu crossed the fence separating Israel and the northern Gaza Strip on September 7, 2014, and since then its traces have disappeared.
- His family says he is mentally disturbed, and in March 2013 he was released from military service for this reason.
- His family accused the Israeli government several times of deliberately neglecting their son, and of not demanding his return for racist reasons, as he is black and of Ethiopian origin.
- In a press statement, the Al-Qassam Brigades said in July 2019 that Israel had not demanded the return of Mengistu, through the mediators, who had spoken to it about the detainees.
Hisham El Sayed
- In the Palestinian interior, Arab sources mention that Hisham al-Sayed (a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship) lived in the village of Hoora in the Negev, and he was 29 years old when he was detained.
- According to the Israeli organization, Maslak, al-Sayed entered the Gaza Strip on April 20, 2015, through a gap in the fence separating Israel and the northern Gaza Strip, without knowing his fate since then.
- Sources inside the Palestinian territories mention that al-Sayed completed his secondary education and volunteered to serve in the Israeli army in August 2008, but was discharged in November 2008 because he was not suitable for service.