J Street Applauds Deal to Release Gilad Shalit

October 11, 2011

Washington — J Street is deeply hopeful about early reports that a deal has been reached to release Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit.

Along with Jews around the world, J Street is overjoyed by the prospect that Staff Sergeant Shalit may soon know freedom again. J Street’s leaders have been among the many who have met with the Shalit family over the years and advocated that US policymakers and political leaders provide all possible assistance in obtaining his release.

J Street appreciates the role that the Egyptian government has played in brokering this agreement.

We anxiously await the day when Staff Sergeant Shalit’s family will finally welcome him home.