Defense Minister Lieberman Orders Indefinite Closure of Kerem Shalom Crossing Until Captured Israelis Returned


The family of IDF officer Lieutenant Hadar Goldin HY”D, held by Hamas, turned to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Coordinator of Prisoners & Missing Persons Affairs Yaron Blum and asked them to convey a message to the Palestinians and the international community that the Kerem Shalom crossing will not be reopened until the return of IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians by Hamas in Gaza.

On Sunday morning, 28 Iyar, following the vandalism and destruction of the crossing by the Palestinians, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided to close the crossing until further notice.

Professor Simcha Goldin, Hadar’s father, said on motzei Shabbos: “The crossing at Kerem Shalom is humanitarian, and as such, its operation must be conditional on the return of the soldiers and civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law.

“Through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, hundreds of trucks carrying goods arriving in Israel on a direct line of ships from Turkey to the Port of Ashdod pass through Gaza every day. These are commodities that are direct support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Turkish government led by Erdogan and Qatar. We must link the reopening of the crossing with the return of soldiers and civilians – humanitarian in exchange for humanitarian aid.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Why now? This should have been in place years ago. These savages should not be provided with any form of aid, not food, not medicines, not supplies, not electricity until they can behave like civilized people. If they can’t, let them all die.

  2. This headline is very misleading. If you read any other Israeli media, you’ll see that Lieberman ordered the crossing closed – until it is repaired, and while attacks at that location are continuing during these tense days in the area. Nowhere does he make it conditional on any soldiers release. He should but he did not. If you read the article well, you also see that it is Mr. Goldin SUGGESTING that it be opened only when his son (and others) are released. This was not said by Lieberman though.