President Peres meets with Shalit family

Peres to SFC Shalit: Your homecoming is an exceptional personal and national occurrence

Date: 24/10/2011, 3:57 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

President Shimon Peres visited the Shalit family at their home in Mitzpe Hila on Monday (October 24), and had a personal meeting with Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit and his parents, Aviva and Noam.

“You have no idea how excited I am to meet you at your home, alive and healthy,” Peres said to Gilad.

Peres told Gilad that “the whole nation was watching over you with concern, thinking of what you were going through alone, in the dark, and how you coped with the isolation, loneliness and uncertainty. From where did you get your wonderful spirit? As a human, you overcame a challenge many people would not have been able to.”

“The whole nation came together for the cause of your return with love and dedication,” Peres continued. “Your homecoming is an exceptional personal and national occurrence. I know that your time in captivity required great mental strength and I came to express my pride and the nation’s pride on your ability to deal with the tough conditions of captivity.”

“Strong and courageous, your whole life is ahead of you. You can do and achieve now and in the future anything you want.”

Peres told Gilad’s parents that he respected the public campaign for Gilad’s release that they conducted for more than five years.

Gilad thanked Peres for the support he provided to the Shalit family over the years.