A day after being appointed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as the head of the prisoners and missing persons issue, Brigadier General Gil Hirsch published his first statement a short while ago.
"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed me yesterday to the position of the official responsible for the issue of captives and missing persons," Hirsch began.
According to him: "At this time, we are working on forming a complete picture and making every effort to establish an effective system, a source of hope for all the families concerned about the fate of their loved ones. We are in the midst of a difficult war, the fighting continues, and it will persist."
"We have lost our best sons and daughters; civilians, soldiers, members of the security forces, emergency and rescue personnel, many casualties. We have a large number of wounded, missing, and captives held by the enemy.
"The storm is great, and the heart is very sore. We face heavy tasks ahead, and I am with you in the effort to bring all the missing and captives back home to Israel."