Noam, Aviva Schalit meet for 1st time with David Meidan

Schalits ask new coordinator of Gilad release efforts to put pressure on PM to advance negotiations; Meidan due to meet Zvi Schalit as well.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 26, 2011 20:53
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Noam and Aviva Schalit at the Schalit support tent

noam and aviva schalit. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Noam and Aviva Schalit met with newly-appointed government coordinator of efforts to free Gilad Schalit, David Meidan, for the first time Tuesday evening.

Netanyahu informed the Schalits of the new appointment at a late-night meeting last week. Meidan replaced Hagai Hadas.

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During the meeting, the Schalits asked Meidan to pressure Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to advance negotiations for the release of the captured soldier.

Meidan is also expected to meet with Gilad's grandfather, Zvi Schalit, in the coming days.

Last week, Zvi wrote an open letter to the prime minister, accusing Netanyahu of cynically meeting with Gilad’s parents, Aviva and Noam, before Pessah to create the impression of activity, when in fact nothing really was happening.

"Every time there is heightened media interest to freeing my grandson Gilad, you invite my son Noam and my daughter-in-law Aviva for a meeting without content, and which in the end causes emotional pain,” Schalit wrote.

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Netanyahu responded to the accusation saying that he was responsible for the security of all the country’s citizens, and that past experience shows numerous Israelis were killed by terrorists released in previous prisoner exchanges.

He also said that Hamas has not responded to Israel's most recent offer for a prisoner exchange deal to free Schalit for over a year.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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