Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu met the Shalit family at the Tel Nof Air Base this morning and expressed his joy that their son and brother is returning home after five years of captivity in Gaza.
“I am delighted we’ve reached this day. In a short time Gilad will return to you,” Netanyahu told the Shalit family.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder praised Netanyahu todayfor his “brave decision” to sign the deal with Hamas, and complimented Egyptian and German mediation that led to the deal eventually being sealed.
“Despite the enormously painful price that only Israel would consider paying, Jewish communities across the globe stand side by side with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet’s decision, and they salute Noam and Aviva Shalit for their courage,Their relentless struggle has finally paid off.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu deserves much credit for taking a brave decision. Despite the heavy price that Israel will pay to Hamas, it was right to conclude the deal, Hamas fights for the well-being of terrorists much more that it fights for the wellbeing of ordinary citizens.”