Schalit dismisses Clinton, Carter

Noam Schalit will not "hang his hopes" on foreign negotiators.

Noam Schalit 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Noam Schalit 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Noam Schalit, father to kidnapped soldier Gilad, was indifferent to reports Saturday that former US Presidents Clinton and Carter would travel to Gaza to attempt to mediate a deal for Gilad Schalit.
Noam Schalit said he would not "hang his hopes" on foreign negotiators, and he called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to act to free his son.
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Schalit addressed a crowd of protesters at a tent outside the Prime Minister's residence, where they plan to remain until Gilad Schalit is released.
"Hundreds of people came for Shabbat," said Noam Schalit, "and tomorrow we will march to protest at the Prime Minister's government meeting."
An Egyptian newspaper report Saturday claims that Former US presidents Bill
and Jimmy Carter may visit the Gaza Strip to broker a deal for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad
and to discuss the blockade on the Strip.
According to the report in Al Mesryoon, Washington, Cairo and Hamas are in talks to facilitate the visit. Such a visit, the paper noted, would signify greater openness by the Obama Administration towards Hamas, as previous contacts have been held unofficially and at a much lower level.
The report was not confirmed by any official Egyptian sources and could not be independently verified by The Jerusalem Post.
The possibility of Clinton serving as mediator in a prisoner swap deal with Hamas was raised by Prime Minister Binyamin
earlier this month when he met with the former president in the US.
Meanwhile Gilad Schalit’s family remains in a tent site outside the Prime Minister’s Residence, where they have been living for the past week, and where they say they will stay until the soldier returns home.