A group of bereaved mothers, including Miki Goldwasser, Rona Ramon and Esther Wachsman, sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week, requesting to meet with him urgently to advance the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

They wrote that they are a group that “knows a thing or two about losing loved ones,” the women urged the prime minister to bring Gilad home:

“We ask to meet with you in order to hear from you personally when the tragic saga of Gilad Shalit will be over, so that we will not have to continue our protest…Some of us have lost many family members in murderous terror attacks and have still found the courage to ask that the planners of those attacks would be released so Gilad is rescued. You must also find the determination and courage to stop gambling on the life and sanity of Gilad and return him to his family immediately…We hope the prime minister will agree to meet with us as soon as possible in order to finally bring an end to this unfortunate affair.”

Shalit has a dual citizenship with France and Israel. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to make every effort to bring about Shalit’s release from Hamas captivity.

Earlier this year a videotape surfaced, ensuring that Shalit, who has been held captive in the Gaza Strip by Hamas, since June 25th 2006, is in fact still alive.