British Foreign Secretary William Hague praised on Wednesday the Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal that will bring about the release of Gilad Schalit, saying "Holding him [Gilad Schalit] in captivity has been utterly unjustified from the beginning and yet it has gone on for 5 long years."
"We have always called for his unconditional release," Hague said. "We are pleased that this long overdue development is finally taking place. Mr. Schalit’s long captivity has been painful for his family and I hope that he will be reunited with them as soon as possible. The UK supports all such efforts to build confidence and trust between all parties.”