“On September 7th, 2011 I had the great honor of meeting the father of Gilad Shalit, Noam Shalit. Along with 15 other Council Members, we proclaimed that day to be Gilad Shalit Day in New York City, demanding his son’s immediate release from captivity. Faced with such a horrific situation, Noam displayed such optimism and hope that was both inspirational and encouraging to everyone who was present.

“Today, I am filled with happiness and relief as we learn that Gilad will soon be released and returned home to his family. I celebrate with his parents, family, friends, supporters around the world, and the Israeli people as they welcome home a hero.”