Aviva Shalit: Israeli Government Has Failed Us


gilad-shalit-smallAviva Shalit, mother of captive soldier Gilad Shalit, urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday to secure her son’s release and “end this sad affair quickly, determinedly and without hesitation.” The mother participated in a ceremony opening a recruitment campaign for the “army of Gilad’s friends” in Netanya, and said that “at a distance of some two hours from here, a soldier sits in Hamas captivity, with the entire people of Israel seeing his face for the first time about a month ago.”She noted that the Israeli governments have failed in all efforts to bring her son home: “Assuming that there actually were efforts at least part of the time. We, the family, and the many dedicated activists for Gilad say – this is not preordained, we can and must end this sad affair quickly, and without hesitation.

“We must save Gilad before it is too late, before this affair turns into an irremovable stain on Israeli society.”

Last week head of the headquarters of the campaign for the release of Gilad Shalit Shimshon Libman said he and his fellow activists were ready to push forward with their struggle.

Libman said, “Since his family received the videotape showing Gilad, we have been taking quiet steps so as not to disturb and to give the prime minister space, but we are now ready to return and make our voices heard in public in a way that will not allow the matter to leave the decision makers’ agenda.”

Libman’s comments came several days after east Jerusalem-based newspaper al-Manar reported that the second phase of an exchange deal for Shalit’s release was nearing its completion.

The report cited sources close to the German mediator as saying that a date has yet to be set for the completion of the deal, but that work was being done.

Gilad Shalit was kidnapped into the Gaza Strip 1,237 days ago.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Ynet}


  1. Gilad’s parents are brave people. They are leaving no stone unturned.
    They are not willing to acknowledge, though, that there are 2 sides to the story.
    The Israeli government has responsibility to all Yidden
    To put them to shame is no big Mitzva.