The Prime Minister's Office responded on Monday night to calls from former heads of intelligence agencies which called for the immediate release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit and said that "efforts to bring home Gilad Schalit safe and sound continue at all times."
"Over a year has passed since Israel has presented Hamas with the last proposal in the negotiations," the PMO said, "yet Hamas has not answered this proposal, suggesting that the other side has no intention to reach a successful agreement through negotiations.""Besides the tremendous commitment to bringing Gilad home, the prime minister is also responsible for the safety and security of all citizens of Israel."
Earlier Monday, former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Yaakov Perry said, "it is possible to release murders as well" in a prisoner swap for the the release of Schalit.
Perry spoke at a press conference held by former officials in the defense establishment who expressed their support for the release of Schalit who has been held captive by Hamas for 1,751 days.