Originally the Times and Israel claimed the soldier was blown up by suicide bomber but Haaretz cited a source saying not true and now this is left vague. The fact that it took DNA probe to ID remains of body suggests to some that poor Goldin perhaps was blown up, and not by suicide vest.
Now see major new Haaretz story which includes this: "The information available to Haaretz on the events is partial and based on sources from the Israeli side only. Realizing the possibility of legal proceedings abroad, the IDF is in no hurry to volunteer all the details." It too is hazy on what killed Goldin. It does note that a soldier tossed grenade into a tunnel where Goldin might have been taken. In any event, Israel's all-out response led to the deaths of over 120 Gazans.
The chance that Goldin died by friendly fire seems to have occurred to some Israelis, if not most reporters. Public Radio International covered Goldin's funeral:
Shlomo Deutsch, one of thousands of Israelis who attended the funeral, says he supports the Hannibal Doctrine — even if it were to be directed at his own son, who also served in Gaza during this conflict. “If something happened with my son, and Hamas picked him up ... better his friend kill him,” Deutsch says. “For the country it’s better. It’s impossible what they want [Israel] to pay.”
By holding a funeral for his scant remains, Deutsch says, Goldin’s family refused Hamas a bargaining chip.The New Yorker also posted a piece yesterday.