Shalit Family Meets New Israeli Negotiator for First Time

Naom Shalit refuses to give details of meeting with Israeli negotiator for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit's release, David Meidan; Meidan is not yet active in his new role.

The parents of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit met prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new negotiator for their son's release, David Meidan, for the first time on Tuesday.

Gilad's father, Noam Shalit, did not give any details on the content of the meeting, emphasizing that Meidan is still not active in his new role.

Noam Shalit after meeting with PM last week, Emil Salmon
Emil Salman

Speaking after the meeting, Noam Shalit said that he would not "confirm or deny" any details of the proceedings. "I do not report on meetings that we have with authority officials in this matter."

David Meidan, a Mossad official, took over from predecessor Hagai Adas last week. Netanyahu told Shalit's parents of the decision in a meeting last week.

The Prime Minister's office said that Meidan has headed a senior division in Mossad for years. In his role, he was involved in various activities, some of them related to Gilad Shalit.
Shalit was captured by Gaza-based militants in 2006, during a cross-border raid. Red Cross officials have been denied permission to see the soldier.