Gilad Schalit met Germany's ambassador to Israel Andreas
Michaelis on Wednesday and thanked him for Berlin's efforts in securing
Schalit, who went to Germany's embassy in Tel Aviv with his
father Noam, presented Michaelis with a letter of thanks to give to
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. German mediators were intimately
involved for years in the efforts to put together a deal with Hamas for
"We are happy Gilad is free," Michaelis said, "and also happy he came to us today."