Schali family 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Aviva Schalit spoke during a rally at Jerusalem's Independence Park on Thursday evening, as an 11- day freedom march calling for her son's release came to a close.
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"Stop, enough - 4 years of hell is too much," Aviva said.
Addressing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, she said, "Don't ignore us
and don't make a fool of us."
Aviva said that it has been very hard for the people taking part in the
march to cope with the hot weather and long walks but that for Gilad, it
is even harder.
"Don't ignore us - I promise that we wont give up on Gilad and I wont
let you give up on him either," Aviva said to the prime minister.
"Gilad has been in Hamas' cellar for 1,474 difficult, dark and painful
days and nights," she said. "The time has come to say enough."
"Don't ignore our calls, don't disparage our values," Aviva added,
nothing that in Israel, parents send their children to serve in the army
based on an unwritten pact between the people and state.
"This pact constitutes in my eyes a fundamental basis for the existence
of a healthy society, a moral society, a society that shows public
courage and does not allow its leaders to abandon a living soldier," she
Police closed many major roads to traffic in Jerusalem including Bezalel
Street, Ben Gurion Boulevard, Ben Zvi Street and Hillel Street down to
The demonstrators will remain and hold various events in the capital on
Earlier on Thursday, Noam Schalit told Abu Ghosh notables and councilmen
that one of the goals of the march is to "bring about Gilad's release
and the release of one thousand Palestinian prisoners."
The captured IDF soldier's father referred to a
deal submitted to Hamas
by Israel in which
one thousand Palestinian prisoners would be released in exchange for the
release of Schalit. In comments that seemed to be turned towards Hamas
leadership, Noam Schalit said that the march was meant to "influence
the government to accept this deal.""After Israel has made meaningful
humanitarian strides for the residents of Gaza, the time has come to
complete the deal for the release of the prisoners."
The marchers arrived at Beit
Shemesh on Thursday morning, where they
were met by local officials and hold a protest at city hall.Eli Yishai
joins Schalits on 'freedom march'
Interior Minister Eli
Yishai (Shas) joined the Schalit "freedom march" on Thursday outside of
Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported.
that he joined the march "to support the family" and that he believed
the march was the right way to go about freeing Schalit.
The minister added that everything must be done to free
Schalit but not at any price.
Yishai called for
the establishment of clear rules about the price that would be paid for
prisoners of war in order to reduce the risk of future
Also Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud
Barak met with the Shamgar Commitee, which is charged with setting
government principles for negotiations for the release of hostages and
Despite the fact that the
committee's full report has been delayed, they presented the defense
minister with their recommended organizational agreements that don't
touch on the questions of considerations, principles and exchanges in
negotiations for the release of hostages.
accepted the principles which the committee presented before him and
will bring the recommendations up for discussion with the prime minister
and the cabinet.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report