Despite its many fault lines, the international Jewish community stands united, and shoulder to shoulder with Israel, in its struggle to bring Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel safely home. There are no equivocations to be argued, no moral equivalences to be drawn with Israel’s continued presence in the territories, no discussion of housing starts in disputed areas … nothing. This is, simply, a terrorist act by a terrorist organization. If you have to struggle to be appalled by it, well, shame on you.
A former IDF judge advocate general reflects on the differences between the Shalit and Bergdahl prisoner exchanges.
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The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban captivity, in exchange for the U.S. release of five Taliban terrorists, led to inevitable comparisons with Israel’s release of 1,027 prisoners in exchange for the liberation of Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit after five years in Hamas captivity. The Jewish Week spoke by telephone with Amos Guiora, professor of law at the University of Utah, and a former judge advocate general in the Israel Defense Forces.
Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote an open letter calling on all Israelis to demand that the United States free Jonathan Pollard.
Israeli officials have said that the revelation over the weekend that the United States spied on at least two sitting Israeli prime ministers opens the door for Israel to demand the release of Pollard, who has served 29 years of a life sentence in a U.S. prison for spying for Israel.
Palestinian militants are stepping up efforts to abduct Israeli soldiers, according to data released by the Israel Defense Forces.
A total of 27 attempts to abduct an Israeli soldier have been foiled so far in 2012, Haaretz reported. The figure constitutes a doubling of such cases compared to the first six months of 2012, an unnamed military source told the newspaper.
On Israel Project conference call, retired general says Israel is targeting 20 different Hamas rocket sites.
The head of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Jabri, was killed at 7:30 a.m. New York time Wednesday by an Israeli missile at the start of a major Israeli military Gaza offensive called Pillar of Defense, a retired Israeli general said on a conference call organized by The Israel Project, a pro-Israel education organization.
(JNS.org) -- One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Schalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.
Gilad Shalit in his first interview in Israel since his release spoke of how he passed the time in captivity and his sense of great "relief" upon being set free.
Israel's Channel 10 played excerpts from the interview, undertaken near the first anniversary of Shalit's release by Hamas in a prisoner exchange from his more than five-year captivity in the Gaza Strip. The full interview will be broadcast in coming days, according to Channel 10.
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