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Noam Shalit to Personally Respond to Supreme Court Appeals

Noam Shalit to appear before the Supreme Court during hearings on the appeals against the release of terrorists in exchange for his son.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/17/2011, 5:08 AM

Noam Shalit
Noam Shalit
Israel News photo: Flash 90

Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, will personally respond to the petitions that have been filed with the Supreme Court against the release of terrorists in exchange for his son.

Shalit will appear before the Supreme Court on Monday when Judges Dorit Beinisch, Eliezer Rivlin, and Hanan Meltzer will hear and rule on at least three lawsuits filed against the mass release of terrorist prisoners.

Shalit will claim that under the circumstances, any court order that will delay the implementation of the deal may undermine the entire deal and ultimately lead to the death of his son.

Earlier on Sunday, Noam and his wife, Aviva, called on the Supreme Court not to intervene in the planned deal. They emphasized their sympathy for the survivors of terrorism who have filed suit.

“[Our objection] does not mean, in any way, that the Shalit family does not identify with the pain of those families that lost sons and daughters to terrorism, or that we do not respect their arguments,” they said

Aviva Shalit later spoke to the press, saying, “The days of waiting for Gilad to return home are complicated. We know that the bereaved families are feeling shaken these days and we understand the pain in their hearts; we, too, are a bereaved family.”

“Despite this, any delay, any change or postponement of the deal could endanger Gilad’s life,” she explained.