The Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom welcomes the news that a deal for the release of Israeli Gilad Shalit has been agreed between Israel and Hamas.
Gilad Shalit was kidnapped and held illegally for over 5 years and had no access to his family. Even the International Red Cross have failed to make contact. Israel values all life as precious and has shown this with the news that it has agreed to the release of a thousand convicted Palestinians for the safe return of Gilad Shalit.
Gilad’s captivity has been in the hearts and minds of every Israeli citizen and we join them in calling for his swift release and return to freedom. We also hold this as a further symbol of Israel’s willingness to make painful concessions in order to achieve its dream of peace.
The Zionist Federation hopes that this news is confirmed and is the start of a period of renewed hope that will bring a peaceful solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
The Zionist Federation has spokespeople available for comment at your disposal both in the UK and in Israel. During office hours please email Stefan@zfuk.org or call 020 8202 0202.