Sarkozy: France Has Not Forgotten Gilad Shalit

In a letter to captured IDF soldier, Sarkozy expresses solidarity with Shalit, reiterating that thousands across the world are detemined to see him free.

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

French President Nicholas Sarkozy published a letter addressed to captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit on Sunday, expressing his hope for the soldiers release in honor of his 25th birthday.

In the letter, Sarkozy expressed solidarity with Shalit, who holds both Israeli and French citizenship, saying that France has not forgotten the soldier, reiterated that thousands across the world are determined to see him free, and affirmed his belief that an Egyptian-brokered deal between Israel and Hamas will soon bring his release.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses a news conference at the end of an European Union leaders summit in Brussels June 24, 2011.Credit: Reuters

Moreover, Sarkozy tied Shalits fate with that of the people of the Middle East.

In an era in which the Middle East is going through an upheaval in the name of freedom and human dignity, you are being denied that very same freedom, Sarkozy said.

Shalit was captured on June 25, 2006 during a cross-border raid by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip. Negotiations for his release as part of prisoner swap between Israel and the Palestinian movement have dragged on.

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott