25-09-2017 07:55 PM Jerusalem Timing

Shalit Hopes Palestinian Prisoners Return Home, Says Hamas Treated Him Well

Shalit Hopes Palestinian Prisoners Return Home, Says Hamas Treated Him Well

The Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said in his first interview after his release that he hoped that all the Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons get freed.

The Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said in his first interview after his release that the long prison experience that he passed through made him hope that all the Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons get freed so that they would all return to their families.

In an interview with the Egyptian television before taking off to the occupied territories, Shalit said “I will be very happy if they all get freed, so that they could return to their families and to their land.”

The Israeli soldier who was captured by the Islamic Resistance Movement in Gaza in 2006 said that Hamas has treated him in a good way, knowing that the movement had been making efforts to complete an exchange deal with the Zionist part since his captivity.

Moreover, he responded to a question about his plans for the future saying that he “hoped that this swap deal would help achieve peace between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, and that it would strengthen cooperation between the two parts.”

Shalit further told the Egyptian interviewer that he hoped the released Palestinian prisoners wouldn’t go back to fighting Israel, knowing that he will be received by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will reportedly put on the Israeli military suit as soon as he arrives to occupied Palestine.