IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz has informed the parents of Golani Brigade Sgt. Oron Shaul HY”D, 21, from Poriah Illit, that their son is now officially declared dead and no longer categorized as a missing soldier. He is categorized as a soldier who died in battle and whose place of burial is unknown.
Shaul was one of the seven soldiers killed in an armored personnel carrier hit by a terrorist bomb in Gaza. The DNA remains from the scene were inconclusive, lacking a trace of Shaul. The other six were positively identified by DNA from the scene.
Rav Peretz reached the decision during the early afternoon hours on erev Shabbos Parshas Masei, informing the parents and other family members. He explained this carries with it all the halachic ramifications of their son’s status of no longer being viewed as missing. Rav Peretz visited the family home accompanied by Chief of Personnel Major-General Orna Barvibai.
Family member Racheli Gazit told the media the family received the bitter news and is digesting the announcement and asks to please leave them to deal with this in private and not seek to statements at this time.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)