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Day one of freedom for Gilad Shalit

Reports from JTA and Reuters

October 19, 2011 | 9:29 am

Gilad Shalit is seen next to his mother Aviva as they go for a short walk outside their home in Mitzpe Hila on Oct. 19. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

Gilad Shalit, whose skinny frame is the talk of Israel, took a morning stroll with his mother outside the family home in a leafy village in northern Israel, accompanied by police who formed... read full article

  • U.S. troubled by Israeli release of some Palestinians


    October 18, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    The United States has concerns about some of the 477 Palestinians Israel freed on Tuesday in exchange for an abducted Israeli soldier because they killed or injured U.S. citizens, a U.S. official said.

    The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obama...

  • Gilad Shalit gathering in Los Angeles celebrates the soldier’s return [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    Just before the start of a community gathering early Tuesday morning in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Israeli Consul General David Siegel looked toward a set of giant TV screens to watch Gilad Shalit step out of a helicopter on his journey home to Israel.

    “There he...

  • Gilad Shalit faces recovery issues

    by Ori Lewis, Reuters

    October 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to a joyous reception, but may need time to recover from his time kept in sun-deprived isolation and other injuries, his father said.

    Noam Shalit said they were reunited in Israel and...

  • Opinion: Obligation to redeem captive trumps heavy price paid

    By Uri Dromi

    October 18, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    The announcement last week of the release of Gilad Shalit after being held in captivity by Hamas for more than five years was met here in Israel with mixed feelings: On the one hand, tremendous joy. And on the other hand, grave doubts about the price paid and fears about the...

  • Opinion: Gilad Shalit nation: Family first, country second

    by Larry Derfner

    October 18, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Seeing how Israel has reacted to Gilad Shalit’s imprisonment somewhere in Gaza over the last nearly five-and-a-half years — from the public campaign for his release, through the media’s reality-show treatment of him and his family, to the government’s decision to release...

  • Analysis: Flicker of hope for peace from Shalit deal

    By Crispian Balmer, Reuters

    October 18, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Palestinians and Israelis celebrating at the same time is a rare occurrence. Their simultaneous elation on Tuesday over a mass prisoner swap is raising a faint glimmer of hope for progress in ending the Middle East conflict.

    Veteran analysts greet any such optimism with a roll of...

  • White House: Obama pleased that Israeli soldier released


    October 18, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama is pleased that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been freed and wants Israelis and Palestinians to take steps toward resuming peace negotiations, the White House said on Tuesday.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during the president’s bus...

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