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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: Shalit.com

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    What makes this prisoner swap different from all other prisoner swaps?

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to exchange Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Gilad Shalit for more than 1,000 Arab prisoners instantly became the biggest story of the year out of Israel. It has...

  • Opinion: Israel is not normal

    By David Suissa

    October 17, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    You can say a lot about Israel, but not that it’s a normal country.

    Any way you look at it — its biblical roots and miraculous revival after 1,900 years; its state of virtual siege surrounded by ruthless enemies; its improbable military victories; its scientific innovations to...

  • 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...

  • Noam Shalit faces terrorist victims’ families outside courtroom

    October 17, 2011 | 11:44 am

    Noam Shalit faced a bevy of protesters opposing the release of his son Gilat as he arrived at the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem to urge the court to allow the prisoner exchange.

    Shalit was met with heckles from members of the families of those killed by some of the 1,027...

  • Netanyahu writes to families of victims of Shalit-deal prisoners

    October 17, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote to family members of the victims of attacks perpetrated by some of the 1,027 prisoners to be released in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

    In the letters issued Monday, Netanyahu tells the families that he understands their...

  • Egypt reportedly ready to free Ilan Grapel in prisoner swap with Israel

    October 16, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Egypt will reportedly release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

    The swap will occur after the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, the Egyptian Ahram...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu tells Egyptian leader: Your assistance in Shalit deal ‘warms the hearts of all Israelis’

    October 13, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Two days after signing the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal, it seems the agreement may also have a positive effect on the strained relations between Israel and Egypt. On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Egypt’s interim ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and...

  • Report: Shalit swap to get underway Tuesday

    October 13, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip sometime next week in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

    The swap is expected to take place on Egyptian territory at locations somewhere in the...

  • 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...

  • Gaza: Cautious joy, sense of victory greets news of Shalit deal

    October 12, 2011 | 11:15 am

    After years of negotiations between Israel and Hamas, a deal that will secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of more than 1,000 prisoners being held in Israeli jails, was completed on Tuesday night.  Shalit was captured in June 2006 in...

  • 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...

  • LOCAL REACTION: In US, joy at Shalit's impending release mixed with unease at the price

    October 11, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    Reacting to news of the proposed deal between Israel and Hamas that could see captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in the coming days, after more than five years in captivity, Israelis in the United States, as well as American Jewish leaders, expressed happiness...

  • TIMELINE: Gilad Shalit, held for five years

    October 11, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza have agreed on a deal to swap the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive for five years, for the release of a proposed 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

    Here is a timeline of events since Shalit was captured:

    June 25, 2006

  • Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners

    June 23, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he plans on toughening the conditions of Palestinian security prisoners in Israel’s prisons.

    “I have decided to change Israel’s treatment of terrorists sitting in prison,” Netanyahu said during the closing statements at the...

  • Egypt pushing Hamas to soften stance on Shalit deal

    May 8, 2011 | 11:53 pm

    Hamas has agreed in principle to a new proposal aimed at securing the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Al Jazeera television reported on its website Sunday. The report said the plan was forumated by Egypt.

    Egyptian sources told Haaretz Sunday that although Egypt has...

  • Israel won’t ‘pay any price’ for Shalit release, Bibi says

    July 1, 2010 | 3:07 pm

    Israel will free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit, but it will not “pay any price,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a live address to the nation.

    The address Thursday comes on the fifth day of a cross-country march by the captured Israeli...

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