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  • Year in review: Highlights of 5772

    September 12, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    The following is a review of the news highlights of the Jewish year 5772.

    September 2011

    An Egyptian mob breaks into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and Israeli personnel are stuck inside for hours until Egyptian commandos arrive at the scene. Israeli Air Force jets evacuate the...

  • Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since being freed

    August 28, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

    Shalit turned 26 on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shalit to wish him a happy birthday.

    “This is a particularly happy birthday,” Netanyahu reportedly told Shalit. “It is a birthday of...

  • Gilad Shalit visits New York's Mayor Bloomberg

    June 26, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Gilad Shalit met New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for a brief ceremony on the sixth anniversary of the day Shalit was captured by Hamas.

    During Tuesday’s ceremony, which also featured City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bloomberg showed Shalit an iPad photo of...

  • Gilad Shalit named Yediot Achronot sports columnist

    June 13, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been named the sports columnist for the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot.

    Shalit is a sports fan, particularly of basketball and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team.

    His first column is scheduled to appear in the newspaper on Friday. Shalit also...

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  • June 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2012 | 4:05 am

    Noteworthy

    Russia Sets Out Tough Terms for ‎Resolving Syria’s Civil War

    Moscow wants Iran in on any Syria talks, ‎and is taking advantage of the turmoil to ‎advance its own agenda, writes Tony ‎Karon in Time. ‎

    Moscow is pressing its own ideas on how to deal with...

  • Abduct Israelis to free prisoners, Gaza leaders say

    April 27, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.

    Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger...

  • Palestinian terrorists released in Shalit swap return to terror

    April 18, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    Israel’s Shin Bet security service highlighted two Palestinian terrorists released in the swap for Gilad Shalit who have resumed terrorist activity.

    One of the terrorists, who was deported to Gaza, wrote guidelines for future abductions, including “The captive should not be hidden...

  • Gilad Shalit released from the military

    April 18, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released from the Israel Defense Forces.

    Shalit was officially released, at the rank of sergeant-major, on Wednesday, six months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

    Shalit signed his release forms at his home in...

  • U.S.: Impediments to prosecuting Shalit prisoners remain

    March 20, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    A U.S. Department of Justice official reiterated that there are “significant impediments” to pursuing criminal charges against Palestinian terrorists freed in exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    In a March 16 email sent to members of the Parents Forum for...

  • The changing face of Israel’s war on terrorists

    March 12, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    If Israel has its way, this is how future conflicts with Gaza-based terrorists will unfold: Israeli aircraft launch surgical strikes on rocket launchers; terrorist leaders are assassinated as necessary; Israeli civilians along the southern frontier are protected by advanced...

  • Shalit and parents meet with Sarkozy in Paris

    February 9, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and his parents met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential palace in Paris.

    “We are very happy to be here at the Elysee Palace,” said Noam Shalit, speaking to journalists Wednesday morning.  “We are very...

  • How Tel Aviv became big business in Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 8, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    In December 2009, Avi Nir, the chief executive of one of Israel’s largest broadcasting and production companies, invited the Hollywood agent Rick Rosen to spend a day at Keshet’s Tel Aviv office. Nir, who has a reputation among his Hollywood counterparts for being an aggressive...

  • Shalit visits family of slain tank commander

    January 31, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit visited the family of his tank commander, who was killed in the same incident in which Shalit was captured.

    Shalit visited the family of Hanan Barak at their home in Arad on Sunday, Ynet reported Tuesday. He told the family that he loved Barak.

    The family told Ynet that the visit gave them “closure.”

    Shalit’s parents regularly attend the annual memorial service held for Barak.

  • Noam Shalit says Knesset run won’t involve Gilad

    January 10, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Noam Shalit said he would not involve his son, freed soldier Gilad Shalit, or the rest of his family in his run for the Knesset.

    Shalit held a news conference Tuesday, a day after announcing that he would run for a spot on the Labor Party’s list for the next election.

    Labor Party...

  • 2011’s Top 10 Jews in the news (Like them, or not)

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 26, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    Last year, we started our Top Jew of the Year list by featuring “Jews who embody the best in Jewish values.”  For 2011, however, we had to readjust our thinking a bit. Below, a list of Jews in the News, with the best of the Tribe up top, and the rest…well, you’ll see.


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  • Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

    December 19, 2011 | 12:02 am

    Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

    While many of the 450 prisoners freed on October 18 in the first phase of the Egyptian-brokered prisoner...

  • Shalit’s father denies hunger strike reports

    December 5, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    The father of Gilad Shalit denied reports that his son went on a hunger strike toward the end of his captivity.

    “He was in such a deteriorated physical state that they had to connect him to an IV,” Noam Shalit said at a journalism conference in Eilat, according to Haaretz. “It...

  • Shalit recovering well, his grandfather says

    December 1, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Gilad Shalit has recovered from the physical ordeal of his Gaza captivity, his grandfather said.

    Tzvi Shalit met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to update him on the rehabilitation of the Israeli soldier who was seized by Hamas-led gunmen in 2006 and kept incommunicado...

  • Jews throw stones at freed Palestinian’s home in Hebron

    November 21, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Jewish Israelis who gathered in Hebron for a special Shabbat reportedly threw stones at the home of a Palestinian prisoner released in exchange for Gilad Shalit.

    The rock throwers said the violence Saturday afternoon at the home of Hani Jaber began after a Palestinian attacked a...

  • Community gathering: Kadima Day School, Idan Raichel, Gilad Shalit

    November 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

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    1] Kadima Day School students and their families celebrated Sukkot together on Oct. 18 in West Hills with dinner, a celebration of Gilad Shalit’s...

  • Opinion: How the media can help heal Gilad Shalit

    November 9, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    For five long years, a media campaign swirled around the abduction and internment of Gilad Shalit, gaining momentum with every passing day. Without a doubt, it was the media that helped keep his story alive and contributed significantly to his release, creating public pressure in...

  • Shalit drew, kept journal in captivity

    November 7, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit drew and kept a journal while being held by Hamas in Gaza.

    Shalit was required to leave behind his sketches and record of his captivity when he was released, Yediot Achronot reported.

    He also was given a radio and an exercise bicycle, Reuters reported, citing unnamed Israeli officials. He reportedly picked up some Arabic while in custody.

    Shalit had surgery late last week to remove several pieces of shrapnel that lodged in his hand during his capture. The surgery was deemed successful.

  • PA to provide housing for released prisoners

    November 6, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    The Palestinian Authority will provide housing for the Palestinian prisoners released in the Shalit swap.

    PA President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement Saturday during a meeting with some of the ex-prisoners at his headquarters in Ramallah, according to reports.

    Some 477...

  • Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery to repair abduction injuries

    November 4, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Gilad Shalit has undergone surgery to repair wounds from his 2006 abduction.

    The successful surgery Friday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit’s hand, according to news reports.

    Shalit was released from captivity two and a half weeks ago in exchange for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. He will spend his second weekend of freedom at Rambam for observation.

    Earlier this week, a lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri, criticized Shalit for not spending his first weekend in synagogue.

  • Shas lawmaker chides Shalit for his Shabbat at the beach

    November 3, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party said Gilad Shalit should have spent his first Shabbat of freedom not at the beach but praying in synagogue.

    Meshulam Nahari also said during a Shas convention this week that the 25-year-old soldier should have recited the benediction of...

  • Are Palestinians ‘partying’ in Israeli prisons?

    November 1, 2011 | 9:15 pm

    In the wake of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release after being held captive in Gaza by Hamas for five years, Israelis are grappling with the question of what to do if another Israeli soldier or civilian is kidnapped. Currently, one of the most popular ideas being bandied about...

  • Released prisoners belong on terror lists, Jewish Dems say

    November 1, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Four top Jewish lawmakers called for the names of the Palestinian prisoners released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal to be entered into databases of terrorists.

    The four Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton...

  • Abbas says he will never recognize a Jewish state

    November 1, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he will never recognize a Jewish state during an interview on an Egyptian television channel.

    Abbas also told Dream 2 TV in an Oct. 23 interview that capturing Gilad Shalit was a “good thing.”

    A transcript of the interview was...

  • Gilad Shalit and Israeli TV’s Searing ‘Prisoners of War’ [UPDATE/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    The hit Israeli TV drama “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War,” now available at mako.co.il) proved prescient—and controversial—recently as Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners after five years in a Hamas dungeon.  “Hatufim,”  which inspired...

  • Saudi prince offers $900,000 for Israeli soldier

    October 30, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    A member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family has offered a $900,000 reward for the capture of an Israeli soldier.

    The offer, made Saturday by Prince Khaled bin Talal on a national television channel, comes days after prominent Saudi cleric Sheik Awadh al-Qarani floated a $100,000 offer...

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