Noam Shalit - No reason for optimism
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Noam Shalit: No reason for optimism

Kidnapped soldier's father urges public to join family's march on Jerusalem

A night before the Shalit family begins its march on Jerusalem, Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, urged Israelis to join the family in the struggle to free the IDF captive.


"Anyone who cares about Gilad, who has been withering in Hamas captivity for four years, and thinks it's about time he came home, thinks it's about time the government brought him home, to join us and march," Noam Shalit said.


Preparations for the 12-day march from Mitzpe Hila to Jerusalem were underway Saturday, as the Shalits said they were expecting many supporters to join them and march on the capital.


When asked what the family's next step may be, Shalit said that "we'll cross the bridge when we come to it. It's no secret – we said we that the only way we would come back from Jerusalem was with Gilad. It's important that we start the march and that the public will join us."


Nevertheless, he added, "I have no reason for optimism. We’ll do this first and then we'll see. if all (the people) who said they will join us will, we'll be just fine."


Ronny Gal contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 06.26.10, 20:44
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