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  • IDF attempted ’08 operation to capture Hamas commander to swap for Shalit

    July 25, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel attempted to capture the former head of Hamas’ military wing in 2008 in order to exchange him for then-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to newly released documents.

    The operation involved special forces and the top brass of Israel’s defense establishment....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gilad Shalit freed in mass prisoner swap

    October 18, 2011 | 3:40 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.

    “I missed my family,” a gaunt Shalit, his...

  • Source: Egypt to fly Palestinians abroad after swap

    October 18, 2011 | 2:23 am

    Egypt’s government is stepping up security at Cairo airport as it prepares to fly Palestinians freed under a prisoner exchange with Israel out of the country, an Egyptian intelligence source said Tuesday.

    Hundreds of Palestinians are being freed in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad...

  • 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...

  • Zell it, Sam; Cool it, Orit; 40 million Frenchmen

    August 7, 2008 | 12:06 am

    Sell It, Sam

    Nice editorial on the demise of the L.A. Times as we have known it and loved to hate it all these years ("Sell It, Sam," Aug. 1).

    Didn't anyone realize when Sam Zell bought the Tribune Co. that real estate value was at the top of his list?

    And as to the problems of...
  • Get out of jail free

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 31, 2008 | 2:06 am


  • Lebanon prisoner swap deal—morale issue forces a hard choice

    July 30, 2008 | 11:20 pm

    The existential reality of an Israeli context, where governmental decisions often have a life and death valence, has been brought home to millions of people these past few weeks, as the Israeli Cabinet made the agonizing decision to authorize the release of the murderer Samir...
  • Candles in the wind

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 3:05 am


  • Hezbollah swap muddies Shalit talks

    By Roy Eitan

    July 20, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The long-awaited resolution to the Lebanese hostage crisis has cast a pall over efforts to retrieve the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Gilad Shalit was abducted to Gaza shortly before Hezbollah snatched Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev to Lebanon in...

  • OPINION PRO: Do everything to bring home captives

    July 16, 2008 | 3:38 pm

    HOLON, Israel (JTA)—Sitting in a Syrian prison, one thought kept me alive: the knowledge that my country was doing everything possible to bring me back home to my family and homeland. At times I imagined a hole in the floor, with Israeli troops emerging from it to rescue me.

    In the...

  • OPINION CON: Releasing terrorists invites danger

    July 16, 2008 | 3:35 pm

    HAIFA, Israel (JTA)—I am writing from Israel as my government releases terrorists back to Lebanon in exchange for the return of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah and for information on the fate of missing Israeli airman Ron Arad.

    My government made this decision without...

  • Closure, but no joy, in swap deal

    July 16, 2008 | 2:13 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Two black caskets, laid out by Hezbollah officials on the sun-drenched tarmac of a Lebanese border crossing, unceremoniously put to rest one of Israel’s most wrenching hostage ordeals.

    The bodies of Israeli reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev returned home for...

  • On eve of prisoner swap, Israel recalls 2006 Lebanon war

    July 16, 2008 | 1:29 am

    (JTA)—For many Israelis, the timing of this week’s scheduled prisoner swap with Hezbollah serves as a bitter reminder of the failings of the Second Lebanon War.

    Two years since the 34-day conflagration—sparked by Hezbollah taking two Israeli soldiers captive in a cross-border...

  • Briefs: Obama to visit Israel this month, Hezbollah swap inches forward

    July 9, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    Obama to Visit Israel This Month

    The presumptive Democratic Party candidate Sen. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on July 22 or 23 for a two- or three-day visit, Yediot Achronot reported.

    Obama, who is seen as keen to boost his security credentials and support among...

  • Israel cabinet to vote on Hezbollah swap, Canada downplays reports of Hezbollah sleepers

    June 25, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    Cabinet to Vote on Hezbollah Swap

    Ehud Olmert will ask his Cabinet on Sunday to approve a prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

    Karnit Goldwasser, whose husband, Ehud, and fellow Israeli soldier Eldad Regev were abducted by the Lebanese militia in a July 2006 border raid, said Tuesday...