Noam Schalit 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The father of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit delivered a speech on Monday saying, "The government of Israel has abandoned my son, there are no words ...to describe this."
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During the speech, given at a conference for the Yad Labanim organization at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv, Schalit criticized the government and specifically Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
"The government of Israel and the head of the government do not have the courage to admit in their failure to release Gilad through alternate options, and on the other hand do not display the integrity that is required in paying the price necessary today for an IDF solider who is still alive, in so far as it does not stand behind its responsibility to bring a captive home."
Schalit said he believes that the government's failure to bring Gilad home will
hurt the morals and values of Israel, and could cause problems for youth
who will be less willing to risk their lives during military service.
"A country that forfeits her citizens - in the end will be forfeited; a
country that abandons its citizens- in the end will be abandoned," Schalit said, adding that "this is true on the battlefield and also in other areas
invovlving risk and disaster."
The soldier's father also criticized the leadership, saying it is easier to deal
with a soldier who fell in battle than with a live captive because of
the risk and the effort involved in assuming prisoner exchanges.
Schalit concluded by saying that "I am standing in front of you and
crying out the cry of Gilad, the mute cry from the darkness of the hole
where he has been held for the past four years. Stand in front of Hamas
and say: 'one soldier of ours is worth thousands of yours, because that
is our strength.'"