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Israeli Right Seizes On Shalit Deal

Calls for release of Jewish prisoners and for the death penalty in wake of prisoner swap.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Gilad Shalit is home, but the domestic fallout from Israel’s lopsided prisoner exchange with Hamas may have only just begun. 

Disgust over the release of so many Palestinians with “blood on their hands” has prompted demands for the release of Jewish security prisoners from Israeli jails, and calls for using the country’s death penalty against Arab terrorists.

Israeli cabinet member Yuli Edelstin says “it's time” to consider a sentence reduction for “certain Jewish prisoners.”

Shalit Facing Obstacles On Road To Recovery

Psychological scars likely to linger, psychologists say.
10/24/2011 - 20:00

Gilad Shalit’s release from more than five years of isolated captivity marked the end of a national trauma for Israel, but for the 25-year-old it’s only the beginning of his road to recovery.

While Shalit is suffering from sun deprivation and minor untreated shrapnel wounds, the ailments are likely to heal long before the psychological scars that may be lurking beneath the surface.

Hostages often show symptoms analogous to victims of severe trauma, according to Nancy Zarse, a professor of forensic psychology and an expert on hostage situations.

Gilad Shalit, back home at Mitzpe Hila, may have to deal with symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Prisoner Of The Paparazzi?

With photographers and curiosity-seekers lying in wait, Shalits trying to adjust to new normal.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
JTA

Jerusalem — A week after Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being held in captivity for more than five years in Gaza, things were getting back to normal at the Shalit family home — sort of.

Gilad Shalit, left, riding a bicycle in his northern Israeli town of Mitzpe Hila accompanied by security. Herzl Shapira/Flash 90

Back-Channel Broker On Deal Sees ‘Door Opening’ On Talks

As Shalit walks free, intermediary to Hamas sees glimmer of hope despite ‘complexities.’
10/17/2011 - 20:00

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.”

Reunited: Gilad and his father Noam Shalit Tuesday after the IDF soldier was freed. getty images

Murderers’ Row

Who are the terrorists being freed in the Shalit deal?
10/17/2011 - 20:00

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:

Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails in the exchange for Gilad Shalit arrive at the Rafah crossing point into Gaza.

As Israel Watches, Gilad Shalit Comes Home

‘I’m very emotional, I haven’t seen people in a long time,’ freed soldier says in interview.
10/17/2011 - 20:00
JTA

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.

Gilad Shalit Comes Home

Arab Spring Seen Forcing Israel’s Hand In Shalit Deal

Bibi could face backlash; victory for Hamas, trouble for Abbas?
10/10/2011 - 20:00
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.

Israeli Social JusticeProtesters Announce ‘Nation’s Strike’

10/10/2011 - 20:00

Social justice protesters in Israel say they will hold a nation's strike at the end of the month.

The strike announced late Monday night and set for Nov. 1, and mass rallies scheduled for Oct. 29, are being organized to express dissatisfaction with the report by the Trajtenberg Committee proposing solutions to Israel's socioeconomic problems.

On Sunday, the Cabinet approved the Trajtenberg report by a vote of 21 to 8.

After The Tents, What’s Next?

Israeli social protest movement’s future unclear; activists dismiss Trachtenberg committee recommendations as ‘piece of paper.’
10/03/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Hours before police dismantled the last of the tents of the Rothschild Boulevard encampment that sparked nationwide protests, Koby Kornblut and other activists were already packing up equipment into a nearby pickup truck.

Despite several court appeals for an injunction, leaders knew the end was near for the encampment that turned Tel Aviv into an Israeli urban Woodstock and symbolized a grass-roots push to change Israel’s socioeconomic policies.

On the last night of the Rothschild encampment.

New Pressures Seen In Bid To Re-launch Peace Talks

Settlement-building plan, Abbas’ speech could complicate restart; Israel ready to sit down.
09/26/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israel expressed willingness this week to resume peace talks with the Palestinian Authority without preconditions, as suggested by the Quartet, but Israeli officials are still bristling over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech last week at the United Nations.

“There may be negotiations, but Abbas has not contributed one iota to making it work,” said Dore Gold, a former Israeli UN ambassador and an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking last week at the UN.
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