Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal favoured by Israeli cabinet

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2009

There is a clear majority in the Israeli cabinet for approving a prisoner deal with Hamas, although there is opposition within the intelligence services.

The current deal being discussed between Israel and Hamas through Egyptian and German intermediaries is essentially similar to the one turned down by the Olmert government six months ago. Hamas has presented Israel with a list of 450 prisoners to be released in a direct exchange for Shalit. As a second stage, Israel will release hundreds more at an unspecified date.

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Shalit video ‘shows Hamas is serious’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2009

The main conclusion of Israeli experts who viewed the video of Gilad Shalit is that Hamas is eager to reach a deal on a prisoner exchange.

The two-and-a-half minute tape handed by Hamas to the German negotiator last week, and broadcast on Israeli television last Friday, confirmed the intelligence assessments regarding Shalit’s condition.

“Nothing we saw there on the tape caused us to fall off our chairs,” said one senior defence official, following detailed analysis of Shalit’s appearance on camera.

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Gilad Shalit: video of captured Israeli soldier

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009
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The video, filmed on September 14, shows Shalit looking healthy and talking coherently in a manner which sounds less scripted than previous audio releases.

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Gilad Shalit's family will release video

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009

Gilad Shalit's family have announced that they will allow the Prime Minister's Office to publish the videotape of their son, who is held captive in Gaza.

The video, filmed on September 14, apparently shows Shalit looking healthy and talking coherently in a manner which sounds less scripted than previous audio releases.

The video is also over two minutes long, not one minute as was previously reported.

Shalit is clean-shaven and holding a newspaper with the correct date on it, sitting in a whitewashed room.

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Gilad Shalit video: Israeli soldier is 'healthy and coherent'

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009

The video of captured soldier Gilad Shalit has been sent to the Shalit family after being seen by Israeli officials.

The video, filmed on September 14, shows Shalit looking healthy and talking coherently in a manner which sounds less scripted than previous audio releases.

The video is also over two minutes long, not one minute as was previously reported.

Shalit is said to be clean-shaven, wearing civilian clothes, holding a newspaper with the correct date on it, and standing in front of a sheet with the symbol of the Hamas military wing on it.

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Shalit video released to Israeli officials

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazy has watched the video of Gilad Shalit, and given the green light to release the remaining Palestinian prisoners.

The video is said to show Shalit looking healthy and sounding coherent.

The video is now on its way to the Shalit family, and will also be watched by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

Israel agreed to release 20 Palestinian woman prisoners in exchange for the video, the first released of Shalit since his capture in 2006.

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First prisoner released in Shalit swap

By Jessica Elgot, October 1, 2009

Israel has released the first Palestinian prisoner in the deal for a video of captured soldier Gilad Schalit.

The released prisoner, 15-year-old Bara'a el-Malki, who was convicted of attempted manslaughter, has now returned to her home in the Jilazoun refugee camp near Ramallah.

She had been due for release in November.

Israel agreed to release 20 Palestinian woman prisoners in exchange for video proof that Mr Shalit is alive.

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Gilad Shalit: the prisoner swap list in full

By Jessica Elgot, September 30, 2009

THE LIST OF THE PRISONERS IN FULL

The twenty female prisoners to be released in return for a video of captured solider Gilad Shalit

Ayat Kisi - Sentenced to one year and eight months for attempted murder.

Rojena Riyad Mohammed Jinajira - Sentenced to three years for conspiracy and attempted murder.

Rimat abu Ayisha - Sentenced to nine months for membership in a banned organization.

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Prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit video

By Jessica Elgot, September 30, 2009

Israel has agreed to release 20 Palestinian woman prisoners in exchange for video proof that Gilad Shalit is alive.

International aid organisations are denied access to the solider, who was captured in 2006. No news has been heard from him since a letter in 2008 and an audio message in 2007.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the decision was made because "it is important that the entire world know that Gilad Shalit is alive and well and that Hamas is responsible for his health and state."

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Israel ponders missed chance over Ron Arad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2009

The basic facts are not new. Israel’s intelligence services have believed for some time that Ron Arad, the Israel Air Force navigator who was taken prisoner in Lebanon 23 years ago, died in captivity over a decade ago. But the new details of the failed efforts to release him were published this week, and in this there is a chilling resemblance to the current situation of Gilad Shalit.

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