Noam and Aviva Schalit 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Since Gilad Schalit was kidnapped five years go, the government has not put pressure on Hamas to release the captive IDF soldier, Noam Schalit said on Friday.
The soldier's father made the comments Friday during a visit to Arad where he met with the family of Hanan
Barak, Gilad's commander, who was killed during the raid in which Hamas
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Schalit said that his family wants the public to involve itself in the struggle to free his son because
in the five years since Gilad was kidnapped, the government has
not put pressure on Hamas to release him. If it has, he added, it folded
almost immediately, Israel Radio reported.
The soldier's father
pointed out that the Netanyahu government is continuing in the same path
as previous governments, and therefore Hamas has no reason to hurry a
prisoner exchange deal with Israel.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently said he had agreed to a prisoner
swap proposed by German mediator Gerard Conrad, which Hamas rejected. Criticizing Netanyahu from a different angle, National Union head Ya’acov Katz said the prime minister "surrendered when he agreed to release
arch-terrorists." Katz added, "The State of Israel hasn’t done one percent of what it can do
to bring about Schalit’s release... The
family, in its desire to get their son free, should not lead the country to
insanity. Noam Schalit can form his own party and run [for public office] if he