Peres to visit Shalit, as supporters continue to flock to Mitzpe Hila
Police have decided to remove barrier on path leading to Shalit's house, in effort to return things to normal in the community, but several curiosity-seekers used the opportunity to walk right up to the Shalits' front door.
President Shimon Peres will visit Gilad Shalit and his family at their home in Mitzpeh Hila on Monday. Peres lent his support to the family from the time Shalit was abducted in 2006. The president also hosted the captive soldier's parents, Noam and Aviva, at the President's Residence shortly after the prisoner exchange that paved the way for their son's release was announced.
On Sunday the family was paid a visit by Sheikh Salah Shibli, of the Arab Israeli village of Shibli.
The police have decided that the barrier on the path leading to Shalit's home could be removed, in an effort to return things to normal in the community, but several curiosity-seekers used the opportunity to walk right up to the Shalits' front door. Local authorities have decided to hire a private security service, which will guard the Shalit home as of this morning. The chairman of the Mitzpeh Hila local committee, Mor Tarzi, said authorities were also considering installing an electric gate at the entrance to the community.
Visitors continued to make their way to Mitzpeh Hila on Sunday, drawn by Gilad Shalit's return home last Tuesday. Hundreds of letters and packages for Shalit from around the world have also arrived since his release.