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  • The complexity of the “Gilad Shalit” issue

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Gilad Shalit is one of the most sensitive topics in the Israeli discussion. It is the one thing we all agree on, but also one of the many things we have a disagreement on. The only problem is, it is very hard to disagree on such a delicate issue.


    The moment he was taken, there...

  • Gilad Shalit’s first full interview

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 18, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    A year after his return home, Gilad Shalit gave his very first full interview about his time in captivity and the emotional return home. The documentary film: Gilad Shalit- In front of the camera, was created by Tal Goren and Tamar Pross, and was aired on the Israeli Channel 10, on...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 6- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 21, 2012 | 11:05 am

    • Tel-Aviv is known to be one of the Gay friendliest places on earth. The Gay pride week, which will take place in the first week of June, has a tourist arrival estimation of 20 thousand people, and the preparations are at their prime. As rainbow colored flags will decorate the...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • My thanks to the Academy

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 11, 2012 | 11:44 am

    I love Oscar week. There is something about it that makes me wake up with a smile on my face and carry that feeling with me until I fall asleep.

    Usually I am more of an Emmy kind of girl, but the past couple of years, I just get so excited once the Academy Awards nominees are...

  • 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...

  • Senior Hamas leader arrested in West Bank

    November 1, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Israel arrested a senior Hamas leader just two months after releasing him from prison.

    Hassan Yousef and his son were arrested Tuesday morning at their home in the West Bank.

    Yousef, a Hamas founder, recently completed a six-year prison sentence on terrorism-related charges.

    He...

  • Gilad Shalit is Home and Yes, I am Excited

    By Ilana Angel

    October 18, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I wrote a blog last week when we heard Shalit would be freed, and some felt my use of the word “excited “ was an inappropriate emotion to be feeling, when you factor in the release of the Palestinian prisoners.  I wavered on the use of the word, but now that he is home, and we...

  • Video footage of Gilad Shalit’s release

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 8:15 am

     

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Shalit spends 25th birthday in captivity

    August 29, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit spent his 25th birthday in captivity.

    Sunday was the sixth birthday that Shalit has marked in captivity since he was captured by Hamas terrorists in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

    Shalit’s parents led a protest in front of Prime Minister...

  • Hamas rejects German mediator’s offer on Shalit

    June 28, 2011 | 8:52 am

    Hamas rejected an offer to free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit made by the German mediator, a deal which the Israeli government had accepted.

    Hamas political bureau deputy chief Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk called the offer “unjust” and said the German mediator “endorsed the...

  • Rep. Ackerman introduces Shalit resolution

    June 22, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) introduced a resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Tuesday’s resolution is Ackerman’s third calling for Shalit’s release. He introduced similar measures in March 2007 and June 2010...

  • Shalit family to PM: Your refusal to free Gilad signs his death sentence

    April 21, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to strike a deal that would secure the release of Gilad Shalit is equivalent to signing the abducted Israeli soldier’s death sentence, a missive from the Shalit family said on Thursday.

    Writing in an open letter to Netanyahu on Thursday,...

  • Jailed Palestinian engineer denies knowledge of Shalit

    March 31, 2011 | 10:52 am

    A Palestinian engineer secretly captured in Ukraine and jailed in Israel denies having any knowledge of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Didar Abu Sisi, a Gaza electric power plant engineer, has been held in an Israeli prison for more than a month after being arrested in...

  • Israelis observe five minutes for Shalit

    March 15, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Israelis observed five minutes of silence in honor of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The country came to a halt Tuesday morning as Israelis observed one minute for every year that Shalit has been held captive by Hamas in Gaza.

    Cars on the street and people walking on sidewalks...

  • Hamas officials go to Syria to confer on Shalit deal

    March 4, 2011 | 10:13 am

    A Hamas delegation from Gaza reportedly is en route to Syria to discuss a possible deal for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The delegation was to leave Gaza on Friday for Sudan, then continue on to Damascus, the Gaza-based Palestine Today reported. The Hamas leadership in Damascus traditionally has taken a harsher line on Israel-related issues than the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

    Israel and Hamas have been in touch via a German mediator regarding talks to release Shalit, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

  • Senate passes Shalit resolution unanimously

    July 1, 2010 | 11:33 am

    The U.S. Senate unanimously called for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit just days after the fourth anniversary of his capture by Hamas.

    The non-binding resolution passed June 28, initiated by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio), demands...

  • $5 Million for Gilad Shalit [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    June 24, 2010 | 6:31 pm

    Nothing the Israeli government has done has freed Gilad Shalit. 

    Rabbi Shmuelly Hecht thinks he can help.

    Things go down better with honey than with vinegar, and the Yale University-based rabbi has a very sweet deal for the residents of Gaza: help free the captured Israeli...

  • Conservative movement launches Shalit campaign

    June 7, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    The Conservative movement has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the captivity of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s youth and young adult services department has begun a Yellow Balloon campaign to mark the fourth anniversary of...

  • Hamas Gilad Schalit Cartoon (VIDEO): Animated video taunts Israel over captured soldier

    April 26, 2010 | 9:44 am

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Hamas released an animated film Sunday bearing a grisly message for Israel: If it doesn’t meet the Islamic militant group’s demands, an Israeli soldier it has held for nearly four years could return home in a coffin.

    The short but...

  • Noam Shalit: Contacts over kidnapped son are continuing

    April 19, 2010 | 11:33 am

    Noam Shalit, the father of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, confirmed to Haaretz yesterday that contacts to secure his son’s release are continuing and that the German negotiator and Israeli negotiator Hagai Hadas are still “working.”

    He did not elaborate.

    He also said he...

  • Hamas says video will prove Gilad Shalit alive and well

    September 30, 2009 | 12:40 pm

    A senior Hamas official said on Wednesday that a video to be released Friday will prove that abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit is alive and well.

    Musa Abu-Marzouk said that the video, to be given to Israel in exchange for the release of 20 female Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, will also include proof that it was filmed recently.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Shalits reveal content of 2006 letter from Gilad

    September 8, 2009 | 2:15 pm

    The family of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit has allowed public access to a letter he wrote just months after being taken captive by Palestinian militants in 2006.

    The letter was handed over to Israel by Egyptian mediators in October 2006, four months after Shalit was seized in a cross-border raid.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Jewish Agency events mark Shalit birthday

    August 25, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Events marking the 23rd birthday of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be held around the United States on Friday.

    The Jewish Agency for Israel is organizing about a dozen ceremonies to honor the soldier, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid at the Gaza-Israel border...

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