The Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom welcomes the release of kidnapped Israeli Gilad Shalit.
Gilad Shalit was kidnapped and held illegally for over 5 years with no access to his family and 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 supporter around the world; and we await his 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.