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Shalit Says Knesset Run Won’t Involve Gilad



Noam Shalit said he would not involve his son, freed soldier Gilad Shalit, or the rest of his family in his run for the Knesset.

Shalit held a news conference Tuesday, a day after announcing that he would run for a spot on the Labor Party’s list for the next election.

Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich at the news conference at the party’s headquarters in Kfar Saba told reporters that she had asked Shalit to run after they had discussed the possibility for the last month.

Some politicians and organizations who worked with Shalit during his son’s five-year captivity in Gaza have criticized him for capitalizing on the ordeal to build a political career.

“The voters can decide whether or not what I’m doing is right,” Shalit said. “I understand the criticism, which was expected and is legitimate. The timing of my decision is a result of the current political situation, which created a window of opportunity to run that may not have existed in a year or two.”

Shalit laid out his political views, including two states for two peoples.

Shalit said that Gilad is “recovering” from his ordeal and is “looking forward to his future.”

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One Response to “Shalit Says Knesset Run Won’t Involve Gilad”

  1. Simcha Mendel says:

    Noam Shalit is a left-wing liberal who does NOT care about the Jewish people or the Land of Israel but cares only about himself and his political career. Instead of demanding from the government of Israel to wage war in the Gaza Strip until his son is released, he demanded the release of terrorists in exchange for his son endangering the lives of the citizens of Israel. This despicable release of terrorists was regretted by several government ministers who initally voted for the release. Since the release of these terrorists, there have already been terrorist attacks due to the fact that Israel and the Jewish people are seen and recognized as a weak nation.

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