Noam Shalit: I'll wait for Gilad in Gaza

Abducted soldier's dad tells PRC he's ready to come and stay till demands met.

January 10, 2007 13:35
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Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, said in a phone conversation with Popular Resistance Committees spokesman Abu Mujahed on Wednesday that he would be willing to come to Gaza himself to wait out his son's capture. "I am personally prepared to be a guarantor for this, and if necessary, I'm ready to travel to Gaza and stay there with the Hamas security forces until all demands are met," he said in the conversation, which was broadcast on the "All for Peace" radio station. "Israel is interested in finishing this business and freeing many prisoners even after Gilad is freed," he said. Mujahed denied that his organization had not yet compiled a list of prisoners they wanted released - a step that would be necessary for negotiations to continue. "It could be that the Egyptians have not given over the list, but we gave them all our demands," Mujahed said. Egypt has been mediating a deal between Hamas and Israel for the release of Shalit, who was abducted in a cross-border raid at the Kerem Shalom outpost this past summer. Mujahed also assured Noam Shalit on the phone that Gilad was in good health, and said the soldier was being treated well and receiving everything he needed.

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