Gilad Shalit

Grapel flies home to freedom after Israel-Egypt swap

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An American law student who had been held as a Mossad spy in Egypt since June is on his way to freedom.

Ilan Grapel has been released by the Egyptian authorities in return for 25 prisoners who were being held in Israeli jails. He is being flown to Israel in the company of two Israeli Knesset members, who reported that he appeared fine and was smiling.


Meet the insiders: men who made Shalit deal happen

By Nathan Jeffay, October 27, 2011

The publicist: Shimshon Liebman

It was an act of modesty that astounded the nation. When Gilad Shalit arrived at his northern Israel home, Shimshon Liebman said he was staying in the street.


Journalist defends Gilad Shalit TV interview

By Ruth Eglash, October 27, 2011

Shahira Amin, the Egyptian state TV journalist who interviewed Gilad Shalit as he was handed over by Hamas to Egyptian mediators, said her goal had been to show Arabs "that both sides pay a price in this conflict".


Gilad Shalit party organiser bemoans lack of young participants

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The organiser of a Liverpool celebration of Gilad Shalit’s release has bemoaned the lack of young participants.

Although “pleased with the solidarity shown at such short notice”, Jewish community activities co-ordinator Adam Cailler “would have liked more of the younger generation to have attended such a momentous occasion”.


There are more men missing: this isn’t over

By Nathan Jeffay, October 27, 2011

A mother and father in northern Israel panic about the fate of their soldier son. Years since they last saw him, siblings, cousins and friends still dwell daily on the question of his whereabouts.

You could call him the "Gilad Shalit" that everyone has forgotten. Like Shalit, Majdy Halabi is fresh-faced and - like Shalit was - he is a missing-in-action soldier (MIA).


More joy as Egypt frees 'spy' Grapel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 27, 2011

American-Israeli Ilan Grapel is to be released this weekend from prison in Cairo, four months after being arrested on charges of "spying" for Israel.

Mr Grapel, a student at Emory University in Atlanta, spent several years in Israel and served in the Paratroopers Brigade. He is to be released in exchange for 25 Egyptians held in Israel on smuggling charges.


Ron Arad co-pilot's son had role in Shalit return

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

The pilot who flew Gilad Shalit back to his home last week was the son of an Israel Air Force fighter who was with navigator Ron Arad when he went missing in 1986.


Deal to free US student held as Egyptian 'spy'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

A US student being held as an Israeli spy in Egypt is expected to walk free in the coming days after Israel agreed to a prisoner swap.


Gilad Shalit's courage praised by Israeli President

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

The Israeli soldier who was freed last week after five years in the captivity of Hamas has thanked President Shimon Peres for the support he gave the family.

Gilad Shalit and his parents met the president at their home in northern Israel today, six days after he returned to Israeli soil for the first time since June 2006.


Egyptian Shalit interviewer defends 'shocking' questions

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2011

The Egyptian journalist who questioned Gilad Shalit shortly after he was released from captivity has defended her technique.

Shahira Amin interviewed the sergeant, who looked pale, thin and tired and at points even gasping for breath, even before he had returned to Israeli soil and seen or spoken to his family.