Speaker Edelstein: I`ll discuss with the PM the possibility of including the return of IDF soldiers` bodies from Gaza in the reconciliation deal with Turkey

(Edelstein with the bereaved families)

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein met in his office on Monday with the families of St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin, the killed IDF soldiers whose bodies have not been returned to Israel for burial following Operation Protective Edge. The families said the impending reconciliation agreement with Turkey presents an excellent, one-time opportunity to bring the sons home.

Edelstein told the families that while at this point he is not familiar with all the details of the reconciliation agreement, ”I promise you that I will speak to all those involved, including the prime minister once he returns to Israel, and I will do all I can to have the issue concerning your sons included in the deal.”

The Knesset, Edelstein added, ”is united on this issue, and I hope that in the coming days we will receive a more optimistic picture than the current one.”