Gilad Shalit

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.


'Shalit must not be forced to speak out'

By Ruth Eglash, October 19, 2011

Ori Shahak, who spent eight months in a Syrian jail following the Yom Kippur War in 1973, joined Gilad Shalit's family in celebrating the news of his impending release last week.


A kosher deal? Most rabbis say yes

By Nathan Jeffay, October 19, 2011

"There is no greater mitzvah than redeeming captives," wrote the 12th century scholar Maimonides, one of the most influential rabbis of all times.


Ultimately, it was the Arab Spring that set Shalit free

By John R Bradley, October 19, 2011

Last summer's economic protests in Israel, inspired by February's mass anti-Mubarak demonstrations in Tahrir Square, marked the Arab Spring's first direct impact on Israeli domestic politics. Last week's Egypt-brokered deal to bring home Gilad Shalit is the latest.


Proof that Israel and Hamas can talk

By Yossi Mekelberg, October 19, 2011

The surprising agreement reached last week between the Israeli government and Hamas raises questions and concerns among Israelis and Palestinians alike.

It begs the question as to why negotiations were so protracted and did not reach a successful conclusion earlier. Was the price paid too high?


One dilemma down, ten to go

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 19, 2011

Only two weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be at a political low.

His cabinet had refused to support the much vaunted Trachtenberg Report, which he had hoped would reverse the tide of the social protest that dominated the news agenda throughout the summer.


How seething Egypt surprised the world and sealed the deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 19, 2011

On October 9, in the most violent demonstrations in Egypt since the revolution, the Christian Coptic minority took to the streets to protest.

Twenty-four civilians and soldiers were killed on that day. But throughout the rioting and the bloody reprisals by the military, Major General Murad Muwafi, director of Egypt's feared Mukhabarat intelligence service remained closeted away.


'He is a real person, not a political concept'

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

As Israel celebrated Gilad Shalit's homecoming, his cousin, Hemda Garelick, a lecturer in London, spoke of her fears that Shalit could become a "tourist attraction" and urged people to treat him as a human being with emotions, not a political concept.