Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed David Meidan, a senior Mossad man who heads a department in the intelligence agency, as his special emissary for the return of abducted IDF soldier First Sgt. Gilad Shalit.
Meidan will replace Haggai Hadas, who will soon end a two-year stint as emissary in the Shalit matter.
Meidan has served in the Mossad for many years. In his capacity as department head, he has been involved in some activities that are connected to painful problem of Gilad Shalit. The Prime Minister chose Meidan over several other candidates for the job because of the fact that he is already well-versed in the Shalit case and is acquainted with all of the involved elements.
Meidan and Hadas will carry out an orderly transition of authority, and Meidan will accompany Hadas for a learning period before assuming full responsibility for the Shalit file.
Netanyahu and his wife Sarah met with the parents of Gilad Shalit Monday evening. The Prime Minister told them that Israel is carrying out numerous actions, most of which are not publicly known, in order to bring their son home, and that these actions will continue in the future. "It was important to me that no vacuum form in our handling of this matter," he said.