President Shomon Peres visited the Shalit family protest tent Monday, on the eve of the Passover holiday and the marking of 1,758 days to the capture of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
“We don’t need empathy and identification, but rather the help of action,” Aviva told the president, who said he felt he was “on their side”.
The president sat down for a talk with Noam and Aviva Shalit, the soldier’s parents, as well as representatives from Mothers for Shalit organization.
Peres sat with the Shalits for 50 minutes, after which he told reporters, “I feel I am on the side of the family, not against them but for them. People say I’m an optimist – well, I’m optimistic now too. I am convinced with all my being that we will see Gilad alive and well at home.”
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