Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, along with his parents Shlomo and Daniela have arrived in the United States in an attempt to raise awareness for their cause and help further his release, and the release of fellow soldier Eldad Regev, from the hands of Hizballah.
The first stop will be in New York, followed by Washington and Chicago. In New York, the Goldwassers have an intense media schedule where they will be interviewed by several major media outlets. They will also meet with US Congressman Peter King, who is the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. They will also meet with representatives of the Red Cross and will participate in a ceremony initiating a campaign to raise money for the citizens of the north.
Israeli Consul General in New York Arye Mekel said that “the purpose of the visit is to show the American people and its elected officials the human side of the war. The issue of the kidnapped soldiers should not be forgotten.”
The Israeli Embassy in Washington is attempting to arrange a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice or with her deputy. In addition, the family will meet senior US senators.
Two days ago, the Goldwasser family concluded a visit to Great Britain in an attempt to get a sign of life from the kidnapped soldiers. The British media expressed interest in Karnit Goldwasser who said that every night she writes a letter to her husband, hopefully upon his return he will receive a thin notebook and not a big box of letters.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Olmert met with the family of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit who is being held captive in Gaza. Olmert updated them on the international negotiations for the release of their son.