|Gilad Shalit returns to Israel|
We know that the government and people of Israel have made painful sacrifices as part of the terms of his release and our hearts go out to all citizens of Israel, particularly to those who have directly suffered the impact of Palestinian terror. Israel made a decision of extraordinary nobility, choosing to risk future dangers at the hands of an implacable enemy to save one human life today. Jewish tradition teaches that 'He who saves one life has saved the world.'
We express our gratitude to Prime Minster Netanyahu and the government of Israel and acknowledge the critical roles of the German and Egyptian governments in brokering these difficult negotiations.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shalit family as they are reunited with their son.
May the Israel Defense Forces remain strong and the people of Israel soon know the peace that they yearn for and deserve.”