Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday stressed his commitment to bringing home captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
A response issued by the prime minister's media adviser to reports on a letter sent to Netanyahu regarding the captured soldier read that immediately after the government was sworn in one year ago, Netanyahu had instructed all of the security services "to make every effort to bring Gilad Shalit back home alive and well."
It said that at the same time, Hagai Hadas was recruited to lead the professional team "that is constantly working toward this goal," and that German-Egyptian mediation was also brought into the picture.
"These efforts bore important fruit when Israel succeeded in [receiving] a first sign of life from Gilad in the form of a video tape that indicated his situation and – in the eyes of the entire world – placed responsibility for his wellbeing on Hamas," continued the statement.
It said that in December 2009, Netanyahu consulted with the seven-member ministerial forum and authorized the German-Egyptian proposal for a deal, but that Hamas had still not responded to the proposal of the German-Egyptian mediation, which "continues to be active."