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Shalit Returned to Israel, Ending Five Years of Captiviity

By Haaretz

Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, has officially passed into Israeli custody on Tuesday, after he had spent 1,940 days in Hamas captivity.Read More


Free at Last, Shalit Returns to Israel

By Forward Staff

Gilad Shalit is welcomed home in northern Israel after five years in captivity. He says he hopes prisoner-swap deal will help ‘lead to peace.’ Read More


Ending Gaza Blockade Part of Shalit Deal, Hamas Says

By Haaretz

Ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip is part of the agreement between Hamas, Egypt and Israel for the return of Gilad Shalit, according to Mahmoud Zahar, one of the leaders of Hamas in Gaza and a member of Hamas’ negotiating team in the Shalit deal.Read More


Israeli Court Clears Way for Shalit Release

By Haaretz

The High Court of Justice rejected numerous petitions against the execution of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal on Monday, effectively removing the last legal obstacle en route to the release of the abducted Israel Defense Forces solder.Read More


Alexandra Raisman Wins for 'Hava Nagila' Routine

By JTA

American Alexandra Raisman won a bronze medal on the floor exercise for a routine choreographed to “Hava Nagila” at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.Read More


Bibi Expected To Lead Somber Shalit Welcome

By Haaretz

The Jewish people will not celebrate the freeing of murderers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to say in a short speech following the planned release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday.Read More


Israeli TV Stations Agree To Respect Shalit's Privacy

Israel’s top television news outlets signed an agreement on Monday that would regulate the ethical aspects of media coverage concerning Tuesday’s expected return of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.Read More


Palestinian President Will Meet Task Force Despite Statehood Stand

By JTA

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is still scheduled to address the American Task Force on Palestine even though the PLO has cut off the group for not backing its statehood push.Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is still scheduled to address the American Task Force on Palestine even though the PLO has cut off the group for not backing its statehood push.Read More


Father Braves Protests as Court Hears Case Against Shalit Release Deal

By Haaretz

A High Court of Justice hearing on Monday heard petitions against the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal, and is set to rule later in the day on the last legal obstacle for an agreement that will see the IDF soldier freed in return for the release of more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.Read More


Bibi Writes to Terror Victims To Explain Shalit Deal

By JTA

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.Read More





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