Gilad Schalit’s father: “If I were Palestinian I’d kidnap soldiers”

Published Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Al Akhbar

Noam Schalit, father of former imprisoned soldier Gilad, told Israel’s Channel 10 that if he were Palestinian, he would kidnap Israeli soldiers in his fight for freedom.

Gilad Schalit was held captive by Hamas in Gaza for five years. Israel and Hamas agreed to a prisoner exchange deal in 2011 that saw Gilad released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian detainees.

Noam also said Israel should engage in talks with Hamas, provided the Palestinian group agrees to accept Israel as a Jewish state, denying indigenous Palestinians their equal rights.

“I am in favor of speaking to anyone who wants to talk to us,” he said.

“If they change their ways and are willing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, yes, I would shake his hand,” he added.

Israel has maintained a siege on the Gaza Strip since 2006, while expanding illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli assault on Gaza last weekend killed 26 Palestinians, including several children.

(Al-Akhbar)

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