CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit would have been discharged with his platoon today, but he remains in the hands of his captors more than two years after his abduction.
On June 25, 2006, Palestinian terrorists kidnapped Shalit during an attack on the IDF outpost at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers were killed and three wounded in the attack.
As soon as Shalit's comrades are discharged, they will march the 5.5 miles from the induction center in Tel Hashomer to the Defense Minister Ehud Barak's bureau in Tel Aviv's city center, where they'll hand deliver a letter to him.
"We are being released today. When will he be?" the letter begins.
"In July 2005, we all reported to the IDF's induction center, determined to join a frontline unit and perform our ethical duty -- defending our country's borders from all enemies. Among us was a soldier named Gilad Shalit."
Following the meeting with Barak, the soldiers will march to Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, where they'll meet up with Shalit's parents, Noam and Aviva, and take part in a rally, which beings at 8:00 p.m., calling on the government to do whatever it takes to secure their friend's release.
"We are not launching a public campaign to fight for his release," Shalit's commander, Dagan Shochar said.
"We want to give the government and the decision makers the strength and encouragement to do the right thing by Gilad, after they made a very important move last week when they brought back the bodies of Udi [Ehud] Goldwasser and Eldad Regev," he said.
Meanwhile Goldwasser's mother, Miki, and his widow, Karnit, sitting shiva (the seven-day Jewish mourning period), said they will actively work toward Gilad's release.
"We shall not rest until [Shalit] is back home," Miki Goldwasser said.
Sources: Haaretz, YNet news