Netanyahu meets with Schalits, says 'I am with you'

July 9, 2010 19:50

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.

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