WorldViews: Why the capture of an Israeli soldier would be such a big deal

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 21, 2014

On Sunday evening, Islamist militant group Hamas announced that it had captured an Israeli soldier in the midst of the bloodiest day of hostilities in the Gaza Strip since Israel launched "Operation Protective Edge" two weeks ago. An Israeli military spokesman said the army was investigating and did not confirm the abduction, but Ron Prosor, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, told reporters in New York the "rumors are untrue."

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