The right-wing Israeli minister of army, Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday called on the Egyptian authorities not to allow the body of researched, engineer Fadi al-Batsh, who was assassinated in Malaysia, to be transferred to the Gaza Strip.
In a statement to Hebrew media, Lieberman said that he “sent a request in this regard by conventional methods,” adding that it would not be under Israeli control since the Rafah crossing falls under Egyptian sovereignty.”
Lieberman pointed out that his government is implementing previous decisions not to transfer the bodies of martyrs from the Hamas movement to be burial in the Gaza strip.”
To his part, Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett said they “will not allow the entry of the body of Al-Batsh, who was killed in Malaysia, unless Hamas returns Israeli soldiers detained in Gaza by Hamas.”
The family of detained Israeli soldier, Hadar Golden, called on the government to prevent the entry of the body into the Gaza Strip through pressure on Egypt until the bodies of two captured soldiers are recovered.
Palestinian academic and university lecturer Fadi Mohammed al-Batsh, 35, from Jabalia town in the northern Gaza Strip, was assassinated while heading for dawn prayers in the mosque near his home in the city of Gombak, north of Kuala Lumpur.