Shalits Meet with Ministers

Ronen Medzini

Shalits Meet with Ministers

Captive soldier’s parents continue rounds of talks with ministers in hopes of garnering support for impending prisoner exchange deal. After meeting with Minister Katz, father Noam says, ‘There is nothing new… When we see Gilad we will know we have achieved our goal’



The family of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit continues in its efforts to secure his release. On Monday the soldier’s family held another round of talks with government ministers.

After meeting with Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, the soldier’s father, Noam Shalit said, “There is nothing new as of yet. We are going on with the meetings, which will be completed within a day or two.

“When we see Gilad, we will know that we have achieved our goal. Until then, we cannot say that.”

Shalit also commented on the State’s responds to a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Almagor Terror Victims Association and three bereaved fathers against the impending prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas.

According to the State’s response, Israel may release 980 Palestinian prisoners as part of an exchange deal.

“I do not deal with these matters,” Shalit said. The Shalit family is also scheduled to meet with Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon, Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom.

On Sunday, parents Noam and Aviva Shalit met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. After the meeting Noam said, “We neither feel encouraged, nor the opposite. We are still waiting.”

In response to questions by reporters outside the minister’s office, Noam Shalit said he had no concrete information. “We have nothing new. We will continue in our meetings will all the members of the government, and we hope to complete them by the end of the week,” he said.

Over the weekend, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, a member of Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, commented on the impending prisoner exchange deal, and said he would vote in favor.