Gilad Shalit

Sarkozy wanted to be part of Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The French president has blamed last month's outburst against Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on France being "left out" of the deal to free a captured IDF soldier.

Gilad Shalit, who holds dual Israeli and French citizenship, was released form the clutches of Hamas in October after more than five years of captivity.


It's Israel's latest farce - 'When Shalit met Pollard'

By Nathan Jeffay, November 17, 2011

A month ago today, Gilad Shalit walked free, and it has not taken long for his tragic story to become thoroughly exploited. Advocates for Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in America for spying for Israel, are jumping on the Shalit bandwagon.

Pollard's wife Esther has long eyed the Shalit campaign with bitter envy, and now wants to swoop in and make her husband the new Shalit.


'I love you': Ron Arad's letters to wife and daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

Letters that were written by captured Israeli navigator Ron Arad soon after he went missing but never sent have been shown in public for the first time.


A worrying choice of words

By David Aaronovitch, October 28, 2011

Last week as he was thinking about his column on Gilad Shalit for The Times, I said to Danny Finkelstein (we were having an Elders cabal over by the book-case), that someone, somewhere was bound to say: "A thousand Palestinians for one Jew! Just shows that they believe a Jewish life is more valuable than an Arab one."


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.