The Emperor needed new clothes. His wardrobe was not garnering admirers either on the Left or on the Right.
So his tailors pretended to stitch a stunning outfit that could only be seen by “good citizens”.
Flashy accessories were added – slick, emotional hype: "This is the last window of opportunity." "Gilad will be killed if we don't free him immediately." "This is the best deal that Hamas has offered." "The worst offenders will be 'exiled' to distant lands."
As Shalit walks free, intermediary to Hamas sees glimmer of hope
Stewart Ain and Joshua Mitnick
Jerusalem — Gershon Baskin, the American-Israeli who helped broker the release of Gilad Shalit through his back-channel contacts with Hamas, said he hopes to keep that door open for future peace talks.
“I don’t think these issues can be negotiated in public,” he said. “People need to trust each other and not get bogged down for lack of trust.”
The title of this piece is, of course, taken from the painful but magnificent song from Jonathan Larson’s RENT titled “Seasons of Love.” As two of the protagonists are slowly dying from AIDS, their friends struggle to assess the value of their lives, which they know will end far too early.
In Israel it is natural for everyone from political leaders to construction workers to elementary school students to become engrossed in the fate of a young soldier taken captive. His name and face are known by all, and he is the object of national prayer.
It is not so natural elsewhere. How many American third graders, or their parents, have ever talked about Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held captive by the Taliban since 2009?
Who are the terrorists being freed in the Shalit deal?
GHIn exchange for Gilad Shalit’s release, Israel is freeing 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners.
The first 477, agreed upon with Hamas, were released Tuesday. Most had been serving life sentences for their roles in attacks against Israelis, and they included the organizers or perpetrators of many of the most infamous terrorist attacks against Israelis over the past several decades.
The remaining 550 will be chosen by Israel and released in two months.
The following are some of the more notorious terrorists being let out of prison as part of the deal:
From prayers to messages to advocacy, local Jewish activists — including many day school students — maintained a focus on the young Israeli.
This time around, maybe the prayers worked.
Just ask the thousands of students in 85 Jewish day schools throughout North America who on Oct. 5 prayed in unison on a video conference for the release of Gilad Shalit — just hours before a secret deal for his release was signed.
“These were prayers for Gilad Shalit — to ask God to do something in heaven above for his release,” said Rabbi Joel Cohn, organizer of the mass prayer service.
‘I’m very emotional, I haven’t seen people in a long time,’ freed soldier says in interview.
Jerusalem — It seemed that all of Israel breathed a sigh of relief when Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being transferred from Hamas captivity in Gaza into Egyptian custody.
After more than five years of campaigning for Shalit’s release, and seeing little of him other than the same images again and again, Israelis were eager for the fresh images of Shalit broadcast Tuesday in the hours after his release.