Noam Shalit, the father of the former Israel Defense Forces soldier who was recently released from Hamas captivity, said Tuesday that he decided to run for the Labor Party list because he wants to give something back to Israeli society.
On Monday, Shalit announced his intention to run for a place on the Israel Labor Party list for the next Knesset. A member of the Israel Labor Party since 1996, he informed Israel Labor Party chairperson, Shelly Yachimovich, of his final decision the same day.
“Israeli society recruited itself for Gilad in our times of trouble, and we managed to recruit Israeli society,” Shalit said at a joint press conference with Labor Party chairperson Shelly Yachimovich. “Today I aspire to give back to society, as much as I can, and for this reason I am running for the candidacy.”
Noam Shalit denied that his candidacy was intended to rival Yair Lapid, the veteran Channel 2 anchorman who announced on Sunday that he was leaving behind his media career to enter politics in time for Israel’s next elections.
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