After five years in captivity, the PES is pleased to see that Mr. Shalit will return to his family and hopefully in good health. With the release of Mr. Shalit also comes the release of 1027 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Including all 27 women held in Israeli prisons. The PES would also like to extend congratulations to the families of these prisoners.
Philip Cordery, PES Secretary general has stated that “I am happy for the family of Gilad Shalit, whose capture since 2006 is now finally coming to an end. I would like to extend my greetings to the families of the Palestinian prisoners. This is a very positive step forward. One step closer to a return to open and frank negotiations, which is urgent, to bring peace and security on both sides.”.