Pittsburgh’s religious leaders express joy at Israeli’s release

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Two Pittsburgh religious leaders said they felt joy and relief when they learned an Israeli soldier held captive for five years by Hamas had been freed.

"I'm thrilled that that's happened for the family, but I certainly hope and pray not just for his welfare, but that we don't have to face this situation again," said Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese.

Zubik and Aaron Bisno, senior rabbi of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside, discussed their reactions on Tuesday after Israel exchanged more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Schalit, 25, an Israeli soldier held captive since 2006.

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Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:44 am

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