President Reuven Rivlin said Thursday that he was in contact with the family of Avera Mengistu, the Israeli who crossed the border into Gaza in September and is believed to be in the hands of Hamas.
Rivlin said that all of the relevant authorities "are working on the case and have been following events since the moment that Avraham [Mengistu] crossed the fence."
The president said that the release of Mengistu was a humanitarian issue "and we expect those holding him to act accordingly and release him while his condition is stable."
Rivlin said that the information in Israel's hands suggests that Mengistu is being held by Hamas in Gaza. "We will continue to make every effort to bring the incident to a close as soon as possible."