The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


Statement by the Press Secretary on Gilad Shalit

Nearly five years have now passed since Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel and abducted Gilad Shalit.  During this time, Hamas has held him hostage without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of the standards of basic decency and international humanitarian demands.  As the anniversary of his capture approaches, the United States condemns in the strongest possible terms his continued detention, and joins other governments and international organizations around the world in calling on Hamas to release him immediately.