Zvi Schalit to PM: Gilad's death will be your fault

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
August 24, 2010 20:50
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On the eve of his grandson’s fourth birthday in Hamas captivity, Tzvi Schalit published Tuesday a brief but strongly-worded missive to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in which he said that if Gilad Schalit were to die in captivity, the responsibility would be Netanyahu’s.


“Every day, you endanger the life of my grandson, Gilad Schalit,” wrote the grandfather, who also lost a son in the Yom Kippur War. “You are not working on his release. You do not listen to the multitudes of Israeli who demand his release. You do not listen to your own defense leaders…who say that the release of prisoners as demanded by Hamas is not a security risk for the state of Israel.”


“You do not respect the military ethos upon which you were raised, that you do not abandon soldiers in the field,” continued the elder Schalit, a veteran of the War of Independence. “The day will come and the prison gates will open and the Hamas prisoners will be released because another, brave prime minister will reach an agreement with the regime in Gaza, but my grandson might no longer exist.”


Schalit concluded the letter with the warning that “if my beloved grandson dies in Hamas dungeons, it will be your responsibility.”


In recent days, the Schalit family has launched a letter-writing campaign in advance of Gilad’s birthday to try to move talks for his release forward from their current stalemate.


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