It’s a year today since Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas… Today they released an audio recording from him where he speaks. It’s the same thing we hear every time a group of terrorists in the Middle East kidnaps anyone, sad because you hear the people you love speaking someone else’s words. So painfully obvious that these are not the things a son would tell his parents after a year of nothing. I wonder if these people actually think this sounds real to anyone.
These are selected excerpts in their own words (Hat Tip: Ynet News) :
“Mother and father, my sister and brother, my friends in the Israel Defense Forces. I greet you from prison and miss you all.. I have spent a full year in prison, and my health is still deteriorating, and I need a prolonged hospitalization. I regret the lack of interest on the part of the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces in my case and their refusal to meet the demands of the al-Qassam brigades.. .. Just as I have parents, a mother and father, the thousands of Palestinian prisoners have mothers and fathers to whom their sons must be returned… ..I have a great hope from my government that it show more interest in me and meet the demands of the Mujahideen (captors).”
Just by way of comparison, this was the letter his parents wrote June 26, 2006:
Our dear and sweet Gilad: Mom, dad, Yoel and Hadas are very concerned for you and wish to hear from you. We hope that you are healthy and feeling well, as best as it is possible in your condition. We hope that you can read these lines and we want you to know that the greatest efforts are being carried out so that you can return home to Hila and the Galilee, to your family, and your room that awaits you as soon as possible.
We want you to know that we are thinking about you all the time and hope that somehow you are doing ok and surviving these moments.
We are confident that whoever is holding you also has a family and that they know what we are going through and will know to keep you healthy and safe.
Love you and support you,
Mom and dad