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  • Letters to the Editor: Gilad Shalit, United Nations, Gelson’s Ad

    October 26, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit

    Steven M. Goldberg’s article “The Shame in Surrendering to Evil” (Oct. 21) exhibits the consummate hypocrisy of the World Zionist Organization. I believe that their credo has always been to give 100 percent support for the actions of any Israeli government. They...

  • Shalit is facing obstacles on road to recovery

    October 25, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    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...

  • Shalits trying to adjust to new normal

    October 24, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    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.

    The Israel Police said they would remove a barrier placed in front of the family’s house in Mitzpe...

  • Opinion: Shalit deal only worsens the conflict

    October 24, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    No one should mistake the afterglow in Israel from the release of Gilad Shalit, or the rare sight of Israelis and Palestinians showing mutual flexibility and actually concluding an agreement, as hopeful signs for the prospects of peace. Just the opposite: Shalit’s release, in...

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  • Peres visits Shalit at home

    October 24, 2011 | 9:13 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Gilad Shalit at his home in northern Israel, the first Israeli official to visit since the soldier’s return.

    Peres traveled to Mitzpe Hila on Monday.

    “I came on behalf of the whole nation to tell you how happy we are to have you home,” Peres...

  • Livni slams Shalit prisoner exchange

    October 23, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni criticized the prisoner swap that freed Gilad Shalit, saying it weakened Israel and strengthened Hamas.

    In an interview Sunday on Israel Radio, Livni asserted that the next phase of the deal, in which 550 Palestinian prisoners are to be...

  • Celebrating Gilad: The most joyous Sukkot of our lives

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 19, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    When my wife Peni and I decided to take our kids to Israel for Sukkot, we knew that we would have a great time. We knew that Sukkot, referred to in our prayers as “Zman Simchateinu” (“Our time to rejoice”) would especially be celebratory in Israel. But we never could have...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Opinion: We salute you, Gilad!

    October 19, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    “He who wrought miracles for our fathers, and redeemed them from slavery unto freedom, may he speedily redeem us, and gather our exiles from the four corners of the earth, even all Israel united in fellowship; and let us say, Amen.” 

“HaMakom y’rachem ethkhem b’tokh sh’ar...

  • Would-be suicide bomber tells Gaza children to be like her

    October 19, 2011 | 11:06 am

    A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Shalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her release Wednesday she hoped they would follow her example.

    “I hope you will walk the same path we took and God...

  • Day one of freedom for Gilad Shalit

    October 19, 2011 | 9:29 am

    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 a protective guard around him.

    Israel media reported that Shalit, dressed in a t-shirt,...

  • 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...

  • ‘Welcome home Gilad’ video featuring Matisyahu’s ‘One Day’

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    We’ve seen the photo slideshow, but for some reason, this unofficial mix to Matisyahu’s “One Day,” just says it all. 

    Enjoy.

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Israel must have a death penalty for terrorists

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 18, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    No Jew, and indeed no decent person in whom there beats a human heart, could fail to be moved to tears by the reunion of Gilad Shalit and his family in Israel. Looking pale from years of being held in a cell and deprived of sunlight, and extremely shy due to years of being denied...

  • Gilad Shalit faces recovery issues

    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

    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...

  • Opinion: The shame in surrendering to evil

    October 18, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    In October 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain triumphantly returned from Munich carrying an agreement with Adolf Hitler that achieved “peace with honor.” Although the English people were overjoyed, Winston Churchill was less sanguine. In a speech to the House of Commons,...

  • Analysis: Flicker of hope for peace from Shalit deal

    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...

  • Murderers’ Row: Who are the terrorists being freed in the Shalit deal?

    October 18, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    In 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...

  • Palestinians hail lopsided swap, call for more

    October 18, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank gave jubilant welcomes on Tuesday to hundreds of prisoners freed by Israel in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, the soldier held for five years by the Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas.

    Delirious crowds in the blockaded Gaza enclave...

  • As Israel watches, Gilad Shalit comes home

    October 18, 2011 | 11:40 am

    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...

  • Opinion: Shalit, Israel and rabbinic debate

    October 18, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality was brought home last week with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit.

    The criticisms and...

  • Video footage of Gilad Shalit’s release

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 8:15 am

     

  • Images of Gilad Shalit post-release

    October 18, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.

    Shalit, 25, was taken across the frontier from...

  • UN’S Ban sees peace process boost from Shalit deal

    October 18, 2011 | 4:49 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that he expected the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange to boost prospects for the wider peace process.

    “With this release, it will have a far-reaching positive impact to the stalled Middle East peace process,” Ban told...

  • Shalit says in good health during interview on Egypt TV

    October 18, 2011 | 4:29 am

    Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said on Tuesday he was in good health and he hoped his release in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons would lead to peace between the two peoples.

    In an interview shortly after his release, Shalit, 25, looked tired and...

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