Schalit's grandfather meets PM in J'lem

After discussing deal to free soldier, Tzvi Schalit "exhausted."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 22, 2010 15:40
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The grandfather of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, after a wait of several hours.

The meeting, which was scheduled to take place at the Prime Minister's Office but ended up being held at the Knesset, focused around efforts to reach a deal with Hamas for Gilad's release.

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After the meeting Tzvi Schalit commented that he was not optimistic, and was quoted as saying simply, "I'm exhausted."

The talks came a day after Netanyahu spoke up against freeing convicted terrorists into the West Bank in exchange for the release of Schalit at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Netanyahu had explained that he had agreed to the release of 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Schalit. Four hundred and fifty were considered Hamas prisoners, while the remaining 550 were considered to be a gesture to Egypt.

"We can't release dangerous terrorists to places in the West Bank, where they can kill Israeli citizens," Netanyahu warned the committee, adding that the experience of past prisoner releases proved that released terrorists can return to terror. Although he noted, "We're constantly looking for new ways to bring Gilad home safe and sound."



Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report


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