Schalit protests 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Aviva and Noam Schalit and dozens of other protesters demonstrated outside
of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, demanding that the
government advance efforts to release captured IDF soldier Gilad
Ministers who arrived by car at the meeting were
greeted by demonstrators, who said they intend to stay outside of the
government compound until the end of the session.
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At the protest, Aviva Schalit was holding a sign that read: "Netanyahu, you don't have a mandate to kill Gilad," Israel Radio reported.
President Shimon Peres was scheduled to visit with the Schalits on Monday in a show of solidarity.
Schalits have over time met with both Peres and Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, but those meetings were conducted in the offices or residences
of the two leaders.
Meanwhile, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday encouraged Palestinians to support an agreement
to release Palestinian prisoners in Israel in exchange for the release of Schalit, Ma'an News Agency reported.
Speaking at a session of the Hamas parliamentary bloc in commemoration
of "Prisoner's Day," Haniyeh stated that the resistance would not
disappoint Palestinians and the prisoners' families.
He added that the Hamas government supported the demands of Schalit's
captors, which, if met, would be a new victory for Palestinians, Ma'an
Hamas sources last week said they are "positively considering releasing a new tape
of Gilad Schalit, but Israel will have to pay a price for it," reported Army Radio.Greer Fay Cashman contributed to this report