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The public campaign to place pressure on the government to take the necessary
steps to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit moved Friday from a 11-day
crosscountry march to a protest tent outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in
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Aviva and Noam Schalit emerged from an hour-long meeting
Friday afternoon in Jerusalem with Netanyahu announcing that their efforts would
“We did not receive any news today, that can calm us,” Noam
Schalit said after the meeting. “We will stay in the protest tent [outside the
prime minister’s official residence] as planned. There is no change.
will wait here until we will return with Gilad.”
Netanyahu travelled to
Jerusalem immediately after returning from Washington on Friday to meet with the
Schalits. Following the meeting the Netanyahus went to their private home in
Caesarea for Shabbat.
Netanyahu, according to a statement released from
his office, told the Schalits he discussed their son’s plight in his
with US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of
Hilary Clinton, former president Bill Clinton, and UN Secretary-General
He said he asked them all to increase international pressure in
the effort to have Gilad freed immediately. The prime minister told the
family that he made a point during all his meetings to emphasize that
still not been allowed a visit from the Red Cross during the entire four
of his captivity.
The prime minister also expressed his personal support
for the efforts to free Gilad.
“Not just the tens of thousands of
marchers are with you, but you also have the support of all the
Israel, and millions of people worldwide, including me and my wife who
sitting here with you,” Netanyahu said.
Shouting matches erupted earlier
Friday at the Schalit protest tent in Jerusalem as pro-Schalit activists
confronted by those demonstrating against the freeing of Palestinian
with blood on their hands, including the families of past terror
The protesters opposed to the Schalit deal reportedly shouted,
“We also want Schalit home, but we aren’t willing to pay any price [for
freedom]. We won’t sell the lives of others for the life of Schalit.”