Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Tzvi Shalit, grandfather of Gilad Shalit.
During the meeting, Shalit thanked the Prime Minister for bringing back his grandson after more than five years in Hamas captivity and told him, “You saved my grandson for me. In the current situation in the region, it would have been impossible to return him.”
Tzvi Shalit conveyed Gilad’s personal thanks for the Prime Minister’s efforts to secure his release from captivity, and it was agreed that the two would meet.
Netanyahu also gave Tzvi Shalit the United States flag that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought to Israel when he visited in October. The flag had been flown in the U.S. in solidarity with the Shalit family.