Shortly after President Moshe Katsav concluded a visit to the Shalit family home in Mitzpeh Hila, the father came out to speak with media
‘Operational failure speaks for itself’
For the first time, Noam Shalit responded to the findings of the inquiry led by Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland into the Kerem Shalom attack, which deemed there were severe operational failures in the IDF surrounding the incident.
“The general’s words referring to the incident as a severe operational failure speak for themselves. I expect the events won’t repeat themselves and won’t endanger the lives of more soldiers.” The father refused to address the question of whether army officers should be disciplined for the failures. He noted that he had not met with his son’s officers since the report was published.
The father responded to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement barring negotiations with Gilad’s kidnappers and ruling out the release of Palestinian prisoners in return for the soldier’s release. “It doesn’t matter what the prime minister says or declares, what matters is what he does. I believe and know that he is doing the maximum to return Gilad,” Shalit said.
In response to a question on the state of uncertainty the family has been living in for 17 days, he said, “We are living in a nightmare that we can’t wake up from. Time is not on our side.”