Gilad Shalit


  • Dinner with top IDF brass

    The IDF’s first woman major-general, Orna Barbivai, discussed her role in the return of Gilad Shalit at the British Friends of Migdal Ohr dinner in central London on Monday.

  • 'Hamas man freed in Shalit deal behind teens' murder'

    The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.


5 years, 115 days


Gilad Shalit: a biography

Gilad Shalit was a 19-year-old IDF corporal when he was kidnapped by Hamas while guarding the border with Gaza.

The second of three children, he was born to Aviva and Noam Shalit on 28 August 1986 and grew up in Mizpe Hila in the Western Galilee.