Gilad Shalit

Shalit Welcomed Home To Israel After Five Years Of Captivity

10/18/2011

Gilad Shalit was reunited with his family shortly after crossing into Israel from Egypt after his release earlier in the day by his captors in Gaza, ending five years and four months in captivity.

The Israel Defense Forces spokesman announced Shalit's return at 11 a.m. Tuesday Israel time. Shalit arrived in Egypt approximately three hours earlier.

How #GiladShalit Became More Famous Than Gilad Shalit

Ynet News is reporting that the Israeli prime minister's emissary to the negotiations for a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas to return the captive Gilad Shalit said "it's not over yet. The deal reached is pretty complicated, but the most difficult part is behind us." The former Mossad agent turned Gilad Shalit negotiator, David Meidan, added that he plans to travel to Egypt soon, together with the negotiation team, to plan Gilad Shalit's return to Israel.

The Free Gilad Shalit Campaign gained traction early on Twitter

Arab Spring Seen Forcing Israel’s Hand In Shalit Deal

Bibi could face backlash; victory for Hamas, trouble for Abbas?

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

The agreement to free Israeli Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit after more than five years in captivity was due in part to Israeli fears that the Arab Spring might undermine Egyptian military rulers who had been pressing Hamas to make a deal.

But even before he is freed, political analysts were weighing the repercussions of Tuesday’s dramatic developments to win Shalit’s freedom.

A Thousand Terrorists for Shalit?

10/11/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.

Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Reports: Israel And Hamas Near Deal To Exchange Prisoners For Gilad Shalit

10/11/2011

More than five ears after he was seized by Hamas militants, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may be on the verge of going home, and more than 1,000 Palestinian militants may be the price.

The deal could include a range of notorious prisoners including Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for terrorist attacks, Ahmad Sadat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and  Ibrahim Hamed, former Hamas commander and plotter of the 2002 terror bombing at the Moment cafe in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported, citing Arab-language media.

No Statehood Without Freeing Shalit

Israeli prisoner’s father takes case to the UN.

09/13/2011
JTA

Noam Shalit, the father of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, wants his son’s plight to be part of the discussion of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations this month.

In his view, Shalit’s release should be a precondition of any vote at the United Nations on recognition of a Palestinian state.

Shalit was in New York last week meeting with UN ambassadors from various nations, including pro-Palestinian ones, to make his case.

Noam Shalit, right, during protest on behalf of his captive son last month. Miriam Alster/Flash90

U.N. Ambassador: Shalit Captivity Violates 'Basic Decency'

09/08/2011

Gilad Shalit's continued detention is a violation of "basic decency," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after meeting with his father.

11 Prominent U.S. Muslims Call For Shalit's Release

09/05/2011

A group of prominent American Muslims, including two members of Congress, issued a letter urging Hamas to immediately release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Aug. 26 letter’s 11 signatories includeReps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as well as Muslim academics and communal figures.

“We believe Hamas’ harsh treatment and five-year detention of Shalit is wrong,” the Muslim leaders wrote in their letter, which was addressed to Khaled Mashal, the Syrian-based chairman of Hamas’ political bureau.

Prominent U.S. Muslims call for Shalit’s release

09/01/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A group of prominent American Muslims issued a letter urging Hamas to immediately release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Aug. 26 letter’s 11 signatories include the two Muslim members of Congress -- Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) -- as well as Muslim academics and communal figures.

Prominent U.S. Muslims call for Shalit’s release

09/01/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A group of prominent American Muslims issued a letter urging Hamas to immediately release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Aug. 26 letter’s 11 signatories include the two Muslim members of Congress -- Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) -- as well as Muslim academics and communal figures.

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