US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice met with Noam Schalit in New York on Wednesday, calling on Hamas to immediately release his son, kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
"I was honored to meet with Noam Schalit today, 1,900 days after his son, Gilad, was taken captive," Rice said in a statement. "During this period, Hamas has held Gilad hostage and without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of international humanitarian standards and basic decency," she added. "I expressed to Mr. Schalit the solidarity of the United States with him and his family, and I reiterated our strongest condemnation of his son’s detention. As I have said repeatedly in the UN Security Council, Hamas must immediately and unconditionally release Gilad Shalit," Rice stated.