Israel: Want to End the Gaza Blockade? Grant Shalit his Rights


gilad-shalitIf Hamas truly wants to end the blockade on Gaza, there is an easy way to do so – allow the Red Cross to visit kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, says Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Granting visits to Shalit, as required by international law, is “the minimal condition for lifting the blockade,” he said. “As long as this condition is not fulfilled, there is no reason to change the situation,” Lieberman declared.

Shalit was kidnapped in 2006 while on patrol outside Gaza, and has been held incommunicado by Hamas ever since. The terrorist group is demanding the release of more than one thousand terrorists held in Israeli prisons, including mass murderers, in exchange for the young soldier’s freedom.

Israel put a blockade on Gaza following the kidnapping and Hamas’ rise to power, while Egypt closed its border once Hamas seized control in 2007 and only opened it this week. Humanitarian goods are allowed into Gaza from Israel on an ongoing basis. The flotilla organizers refused Shalit’s father’s request to bring him a letter. Hamas rejected Lieberman’s suggestion, and said Shalit will not be freed without the release of terrorists.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/Yair Israel}


  1. Why are they buckling to the pressure? Many lives are art stake.

    A red creoss visit cant stall the hamas ym”s terorrists

  2. There should have been absolutely no negotioations on anything until Gilad was released. Thank Heaven there is some sanity and logic prevailing now. This is the very LEAST that Israel should

  3. If they want negotiations to work, then they can’t release 1000 terrorists for one soldier. Of course Hamas will be greedy! Its ONE terrorist for ONE soldier, simple! There, solved the issue. Shalit could’ve been home by now if the Israeli’s did this.
    What happened to the exchange between Hezbollah terrorists (who when released will go back to terrorism) 450 for 2 bodies. Are the stupid.