Aviva Shalit: We Understand Bereaved Families' Pain
"I want to thank the activists, the media and the citizens of Israel, who have been accompanying us down this road and have wrapped us up in warmth and love," she said.
"Despite this, any delay, any change or postponement of the deal could endanger Gilad's life," she explained. "I request that upon Gilad's return home, you will allow us to help him rehabilitate himself. I thank you for the understanding. "
The family issued a similar statement earlier in the day.