Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara met with the Noam
and Aviva Schalit in the prime minister's official residence on Friday
to discuss the government's efforts to free their kidnapped son, IDF
soldier Gilad Schalit.
Netanyahu explained to the Schalits that he had discussed their son's ongoing imprisonment by Hamas in his meetings with top US officials
and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and repeatedly asked them all
to increase international pressure in the effort to have Gilad freed
immediately. The prime minister also told the Schalit family that he
made a point during all his meetings to emphasize that Gilad had still
not been allowed a visit from the Red Cross during the entire four years
of his captivity.
The prime minister also expressed his personal support for the efforts
to free Gilad to Noam and Aviva.
"Not just tens of thousands of marchers are with you, but also all the
residents of Israel, millions worldwide, among them me and my wife who
are sitting here with you, support you," said Netanyahu.