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  • 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...

  • Rockets from Gaza shatter short-lived calm

    October 31, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    A rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashkelon was the first since a barrage of rocket fire on southern Israel ended.

    Two mortars landed Monday afternoon in the western Negev shortly after the Kassam attack stopped at midnight.

    “There is no cease-fire, no negotiations and the IDF...

  • Rockets from Gaza shatter short-lived calm

    October 30, 2011 | 1:14 pm

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Palestinians plan “other options” if U.N. bid fails

    October 20, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Palestinians want the Security Council to decide on their bid for full U.N. membership soon so they can pursue “other options”, the Palestinian U.N. envoy said, repeating charges that Washington is procrastinating to avoid a vote.

    Riyad Mansour, in comments to a Palestinian...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hamas report: Hamas releases Israeli soldier in prisoner swap

    October 18, 2011 | 12:36 am

    Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, a Hamas military source said, in a deal ending a saga that has gripped Israel for five years.

    The source said Shalit, 25, was taken across the...

  • Prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit underway

    October 17, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas began before dawn on Tuesday when the first of hundreds of Palestinian inmates were bused from their jails to border crossings where they will be swapped for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The first phase of the...

  • Top Israeli court gives green light for Shalit swap

    October 17, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers prepared to implement a prisoner swap on Tuesday in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be exchanged for hundreds of Palestinians.

    The deal was given the all-clear by Israel’s highest court late on Monday after it rejected...

  • Opinion: A time for national dialogue

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 17, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Even before the prisoner swap agreement was wrapped up, Hamas began boasting of its victory and vowing to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.  The Gilad Shalit abduction is proving a profitable enterprise for the Islamic terror group that controls Gaza.

    Israel could not find a way over...

  • Israeli Supreme Court discusses prisoner exchange appeals

    October 17, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a...

  • Israel’s Supreme Court to mull petition against Shalit prisoner swap

    October 16, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Israel’s Supreme Court will consider petitions by terror victims’ families to cancel the Shalit prisoner swap deal.

    The court said Sunday it would hold a hearing before a three-justice panel at noon Monday to consider a petition filed by the Almagor Terror Victims Association...

  • Man opposed to prisoner swap defaces Rabin memorial

    October 14, 2011 | 8:52 am

    A man who lost five family members in a 2001 suicide attack defaced a memorial to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Friday in an apparent protest against an impending Palestinian prisoner swap, police said.

    Police named the man as Shvuel Schijveschuurder, whose...

  • Red Cross discusses prisoner swap with Israel, Hamas

    October 13, 2011 | 9:49 am

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to facilitate the exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners and is discussing this with Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, an ICRC spokesman said on Thursday.

    “We are talking to both sides about...

  • Israeli Cabinet approves Gilad Shalit release deal with Hamas

    October 12, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a prisoner exchange agreement with Hamas that would free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The Cabinet approved the agreement early Wednesday morning during an emergency session by a vote of 26 to 3.

    The terms reportedly include the release next week of...

  • Israel, Hamas agree on Gilad Shalit prisoner swap

    October 11, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Israel and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers agreed on Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who won overwhelming...

  • Hamas confirms prisoner exchange deal for Gilad Shalit

    October 11, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Abu Obeida, spokesperson for Hamas’ military wing confirmed Tuesday the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.

    According to Obeida, the deal that was reached is different from previous proposals, as it is the first one to take place...

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