Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem said, Thursday evening, that the Sukkot holiday "was especially happy with the return of Gilad Shalit from captivity." Appearing at the Hakafot Sheniot dances and processions with Torah scroll's at the city's Liberty Bell Park, Barkat continued, "There's not a person who was not happy, with tears in their eyes, to see Gilad return and noone among the people for whom it wasn't difficult, given the heavy price we paid for the process. During the Sukkot holiday, the people of Israel were together and united."
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger echoed the mayor's comments, adding, "And we're still sad that Jonathan Pollard is not at home. It's time that he return to his home in Israel." Pollard has been in jail almost 26 years since his arrest for passing classified information from the United States to Israel."