Noam Schalit 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Noam Schalit praised and thanked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for signing a deal with Hamas to secure the release of his son, kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, overnight Sunday.
"It took 1,935 difficult days and long nights to bring Gilad home," Schalit told reporters.
He thanked the activists and supporters in Israel and worldwide who
stood by the Schalit family's side during the struggle for Gilad's
Noam Schalit went on to say that the release of more than 1,000
Palestinian prisoners was indeed a large price to pay for his release.RELATED:
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"We did not set the price," Schalit told reporters. "Two governments and
countless officials established the deal. To our chagrin the price is
heavy," he added.
The soldier's mother, Aviva Schalit, said
overnight Tuesday that she would not celebrate her son's release until
he is safe at home.
She told reporters she was experiencing
"indescribable happiness," but "until we see Gilad we are waiting and we
will not let our emotions burst out."
She added: "We will wait with great worry these seven to 10 days until Gilad comes home."