Zvi Schalit: Congress not the right forum to discuss Gilad

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 25, 2011 11:20

Grandfather of captive soldier Gilad Schalit, Zvi Schalit, said Wednesday that he was not disappointed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not mentioning Gilad's case in his speech to congress on Tuesday.

"It's not the right forum to bring up Gilad," Schalit told Army Radio. "The public knows that the prime minister is the one who holds the key to Gilad's freedom. As such, because of the high emotions of the affair and the American soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it's not appropriate."

It was the correct forum, he said, to raise the issue with US President Barack Obama and at AIPAC.

Asked about news of any progress in efforts to return his son, Schalit added, "I'm tired of being disappointed time and again, Gilad needs to be brought home." Netanyahu, he said, "needs to exploit his strong political situation after returning from the the United States and to save Gilad immediately."


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