This is the Israel I know and love.
For five and a half years, while Gilad Shalit was held by Hamas in Gaza, the Iscar metal working tools company offered his family financial support and continued to pay his father’s salary.
Noam Shalit has a senior position in Iscar’s marketing department in the Tefen Industrial Park. Eitan Wertheimer, one of the company owners, continued to pay his salary even when he took leave from work in order to devote his time to the campaign for his son’s release.
Wertheimer even provided the Shalit family with an apartment in Jerusalem, funded the family members’ personal needs, including food, and helped finance the campaigns.
Wertheimer has refrained from discussing his relationship with the Shalit family until now, when their son is finally home. “This is a great moment for the people of Israel, and for the Iscar family, which stood by Shalit the entire period,” he says.
“There’s nothing unusual in what we did. I believe every other employer in Israel would have done the exact same thing.”