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White House Calls For Shalit's Release
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 The Obama administration called for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's immediate release.

"Nearly five years have now passed since Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel and abducted Gilad Shalit," the White House said in a statement June 24 timed for a new international effort to secure the freedom of the Israeli soldier captured in 2006 in a cross-border raid by gunmen affiliated with Gaza-based Hamas terrorists.  "During this time, Hamas has held him hostage without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of the standards of basic decency and international humanitarian demands. 

"As the anniversary of his capture approaches, the United States condemns in the strongest possible terms his continued detention, and joins other governments and international organizations around the world in calling on Hamas to release him immediately."

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07/04/2011 - 14:18
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Regarding Gilad Shalit's release: Demands have not worked with Hamas before, why would they be effective now? There are several steps that should be taken:
1. Effective sanctions such as refusal to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority following its union with Hamas.
2. Strong criticism of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations for not demanding to visit Shalit and have a physician check his condition. It would have been appropriate of them to also demand from the Israeli government to stop providing entertainment, educational facilities and materials to the terrorists who take advantage of the time spent in Israeli prisons to get academic degrees, while enjoying regular visits by family members.
3. Israeli mothers of youngsters on the brink of their military service should have prevented their sons and daughters from joining the army if the government does not take the necessary steps to free Shalit. They were promised by the IDF that not even one soldier will be left uncared for.
4. These mothers should be joined by their children in an organized and continuous protest next to the Shalits' tent. Maybe this would finally bring some change.

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