Rosenthal: Hamas must release Shalit

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

He said ‘Tomorrow it will be five years since Gilad Shalit was seized by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid launched from Gaza. Since then he has been deprived of all contact with the outside world. Hamas is responsible for this inhuman situation and should release him immediately. I appeal to everyone who is in a position to help – do all you can to secure Gilad Shalit’s release.’

In a letter to the House of Representatives, Mr Rosenthal refers to Shalit’s detention as typical of Hamas’s terrorist activities.