Kites for Soldiers, Protests for Olmert

Miri Chason; Aviram Zino

Kites for Soldiers, Protests for Olmert

Kites flown for kidnapped soldiers while terror victims’ families protest at PM’s house against release of prisoners



While thousands of families were flying kites in the Israeli sky Wednesday to express their hopes for the return of the three kidnapped IDF soldiers, families of terror victims protested in front of the home of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert against the release of prisoners in return for Corporal Gilad Shalit’s freedom.

Thousands flocked to a kite flying festival organized by the Maccabi Tzair youth movement near the Golani junction in northern Israel
as a show of solidarity for the three kidnapped soldiers Eldad Regev, Ehud Goldwasser, and Gilad Shalit.

Shlomo and Miki Goldwasser, parents of Eldad, participated in the event and said that “thousands of children arrived. It is unbelievable and very heartwarming. We got so many calls from people of all ages to come and join them and we did so gladly.” Shlomo Goldwasser added that despite the fact the issue of the kidnapped soldiers went down from the public’s agenda, those who are tasked with releasing the soldiers are working day and night to find a solution.

‘Releasing Prisoners Will Result in More Kidnappings’

But not everyone was flying a kite this day. A group of families of victims of terrorist activities protested at the exact same time in front of the home of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with heavy hearts.

The demonstrators, all belonging to the Almagor Terror Victims’ Organization were protesting against the government’s intentions to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the freedom of Gilad Shalit who is being held by a Palestinian terror organization in Gaza. The protesters claim that releasing prisoners will only result in more kidnappings and terror attacks.

Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Guttel and his wife Cecile told Ynet that their 15-year-old daughter Tamar was murdered in an attack in Jerusalem. After the terrorist was captured, he was released from jail in the framework of the Jibril prisoner exchange deal, and returned to kill two more tourists in the Old City of Jerusalem and now sells merchandise as a vendor near the Nablus Gate.

Almagor protestors Photo: Gil Yohanan