Aviva and Noam Schalit, parents of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, announced Friday that they would undertake a protest march on Sunday from their home in Mitzpe Hila, in the Western Galilee, to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem.
“My son has been wasting away in Hamas dungeons for four years,” Aviva Schalit said in a video announcing her intention to undertake the march, released on the fourth anniversary of her Gilad’s capture.
“I haven’t touched him in 1,460 days – I haven’t hugged Gilad, I haven’t spoken with Gilad. Four endless years, four years of prolonged suffering,” she said in the video. “I believe that after four years in which an entire country was unable to bring a captive soldier back home, it must pay the price before it is too late. “
Schalit stressed that she did not view her son’s release within the framework of a prisoner exchange agreement as a “strategic concession.” She stated that a “much bigger strategic concession would be to abandon all our values – essentially, comradeship and companionship.”