Today the Israeli press is full of the Gaza situation and it's Israeli corporal Gilyad Shalit – who has been held for 4 years now captive by Hamas.
In five days, we are going to see a march of the soldiers' home in the north by the family to the prime ministers official residence in Jerusalem. Later this day, the soldiers 85-year-old grandfather will meet with Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to try and convince him to support a deal to release the young man. For his part the Prime Minister has said that he “embraces” the Grandfather and that efforts to bring Gilad back are continuing, far from the media.
Gilyad's father, Noam Shalit, has said that Netanyahu has given in to international pressure concerning the blockade of Gaza – but what about his son? He believes that by Israel not being able to free his son, it attests to, what he describes as, Israel's 'sorry' state.
The parents have been fairly vocal, and have a sympathetic following amongst the rank and file in Israel. However some officials are negative against the family saying that their struggle to obtain their son's release is playing into the hands of Hamas.
According to a recent interview in one of Israel's daily's with the Vice-Chairman of the Red Cross delegation, who has long sought access to Shalit, with the senior official saying that negotiations are at an impasse. He was quoted as saying that his organization is disappointed with Hamas for not responding to any of it's requests and for not allowing a link between the captives' mother and her son.
Middle East Correspondent