Peres: I’m convinced Gilad Shalit will return home alive and well

President Shimon Peres told the parents of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit that he was optimistic regarding  the chances of their son’s release, placing the blame for the lack of success in securing his release after 5 years in captivity on Hamas.

Peres’ comments came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday appointed senior Mossad official David Meidan as the new Israeli mediator to negotiate Shalit’s release, following the recent resignation of former mediator Hagai Hadas.

During a visit to the Shalit family’s protest tent on the eve of Passover, Peres said he was “proud of the family and very proud of the people, united in supporting the release of Gilad Shalit.”


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