Schalits ‘have no faith in those supposed to free Gilad’

Father of kidnapped soldier responds to reports that German negotiator reportedly visited Gaza three times with new ideas.

January 13, 2011 17:52
1 minute read.
GOING NOWHERE. Gilad Schalit’s father Noam, pictured at the protest tent outside the Prime Minister’

Noam Schalit 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Noam Schalit, father captive soldier Gilad Schalit, said Thursday that his family had lost all belief in everyone involved in bringing about his son’s release.

He said that any belief the family may have had, had disappeared a long time ago in light of the lack of results their efforts had yielded.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Schalits get electricity bill for protest tent
Encountering Peace: The Forgotten Soldier

Schalit made the remarks during an Israel Radio interview in which he responded to reports that a German mediator had visited Gaza to discuss the release of his son.

Schalit said he hoped Hamas and the government would “regain their composure” and work out a deal that would bring about Gilad’s release after almost five years.

However, he added that his family had not been in contact with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the last four months. In any event, Schalit said, the family did not want meetings, but actions.

Gerhard Conrad, the German negotiator for the captive soldier’s release, visited Gaza earlier this week, according to a report in the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat.

Conrad reportedly suggested new ideas to Hamas that could lead to Gilad Schalit’s return to Israel, but to no avail.

Israel Radio quoted a Hamas source as saying that Conrad had visited Gaza three times in the last three months, including a visit that took place on Wednesday.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night