Schalit march 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The 'freedom march' for the release of Gilad Schalit reached Caeserea Friday evening and the family organized a Shabbat ceremony outside the residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Schalit family march
Noam Schalit: We
know the price
Aviva Schalit, Gilad's mother, opened the ceremony by saying "thousands of people who have supported us and marched with us over the past week stand behind us."
Activists for the release of the kidnapped soldier regularly hold
Shabbat ceremonies in front of Netanyahu's home and Jerusalem office,
always leaving a spare seat which is reserved for Gilad.
Aviva Schalit responded to a speech by Netanyahu in which he said that
Israel would not pay any price for the release for Gilad.
"We never asked for release at all costs, the cost was determined by the
Israeli government. Now we are saying enough," said Aviva.
Aviva continued by saying "four long years of negotiations have gone by
and nothing has happened. During this time terrorists were released and
closure was imposed on Gaza. Mr. Prime minister, on Friday families will
sit down to Shabbat dinner, and Gilad will sit in a hole in Gaza, God
knows where, as he has for four years."
Over 10,000 people joined the march on Friday escorting the Schalit
family to Netanya.
Shimshon Liebman, head of the Schalit campaign, said "More and more
people understand that what we have done so far is not enough."