President Shimon Peres visited the Shalit residence at Mitzpe Hila in the Galilee Monday and met freed hostage Gilad Shalit and his parents, Aviva and Noam.
The Shalits waited for Peres at the entrance to their home and shook hands with him heartily. The president then hugged Gilad and said, "You have no idea how excited I am to meet you here in your home, alive, healthy and whole."
The president said that "the entire nation, from the tender ages to the veteran citizens, was mobilized to bring you back. It was a mobilization from depths of love and devotion and your homecoming is an amazing personal and national event."
Gilad Shalit said, "Thank you for all of the support and assistance you gave to my family." His father Noam said, "We appreciate and thank you for all that you did during all these years, we know that you were involved behind the scenes and we needed all the help we could get."