'Schalit's captors spoke to Gilad, laughed with him'

Gilad's abductors weren't violent for majority of his captivity, Hamas official Salah Alarori says in interview with Israel Radio.

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October 26, 2011 12:16
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Gilad Schalit on phone to parents

Gilad Schalit on phone to parents 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesman's Office)

 
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Gilad Schalit’s captors talked with him and even laughed with him, senior Hamas official in Damascus Salah Alarori said Wednesday morning in an interview with Israel Radio.

“Schalit’s captors treated him well for the majority of his captivity and were not violent toward him,” asserted Alarori, who was a member of the negotiating team for the Schalit deal on behalf of Hamas.

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“But Gilad also endured difficult moments when he missed his family,” he added.

The Hamas official told Israel Radio that the IDF soldier was held in Gaza for the duration of his captivity.

He further noted that the soldier took his strength from the value that Israeli society places on human life. Alarori stated that, as an enemy, he would prefer for Israeli society to drop this value.

Alarori said that the moment in which Hamas decided to sign the agreement for Schalit’s release was an extremely difficult one because it meant that some important prisoners would remain in prison.



Schalit returned to Israel last week after more than five years in captivity under Hamas control.

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