AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the release of Gilad Shalit:
“Anita and I rejoice that Gilad Shalit is finally free more than five years after he was captured by Hamas. The perseverance and faith of the Shalit family is a testament to the fortitude of the people of Israel.
“We must remain on our guard against the terrorist enemies who held Gilad for so long, and who may be emboldened by the release of so many prisoners in exchange for him.
“The Palestinians need to condemn the terrorist activities of Hamas, or expect to pay a price in terms of U.S. aid and support for the peace process. It is important for the Obama administration to make the Palestinians understand the importance of rejecting terror and blackmail.”