Noam Schalit speaks on Gaza radio

Reiterates call for prisoner exchange in hopes that son's kidnappers listening.

March 21, 2007 21:09
Noam Schalit speaks on Gaza radio

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Noam Schalit, father of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit, made an impassioned plea to Gaza citizens in an interview with a Palestinian radio station, in the hope that his son's kidnappers would hear him, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday evening. In the late-night interview with Radio el-Hariyeh, Gaza's most popular radio station, Schalit reiterated that he had received no signs of life from his son since his abduction, only "declarations from Hamas." "I ask after nine months - hundreds of Palestinian prisoners should have been home already," he said. "It's possible to solve the entire problem over one soldier. This doesn't make sense." Despite the late hour, the report said, calls poured in from Palestinian listeners, who asked for a translation of the entire conversation. Schalit told the host that he hoped talks over his son's release would continue with Hamas, particularly with the new government in place. The host told Schalit in return that everyone in Gaza was suffering as a result of Gilad's capture, with food and basic staples running low as a result of the economic sanctions the EU imposed on the Palestinian Authority for refusing to give up terror.

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