Gilad Shalit

Shalit deal: Peres pardons prisoners 'with aching heart'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

The prisoners who are being released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been officially pardoned.

However President Shimon Peres included a note with the pardon files that said the decision to free them had been made "with an aching heart".

"The voices of the terror victims and the deep grief of their families burns all of our hearts," he said.

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Gilad Shalit release: footage of handover in Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Gilad Shalit takes his first steps to freedom after five years

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Gilad Shalit crosses border into Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Gilad Shalit has set foot on Israeli soil for the first time since June 25 2006.

The IDF confirmed that the soldier had been taken across the border from Egypt into Israel. He was handed over to the Egyptian authorities by Hamas early this morning as part of a prisoner exchange deal.

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Gilad Shalit on his way home to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Gilad Shalit is on his way home after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

The Israeli soldier was released in Gaza early this morning into the hands of Egyptian mediators, as part of the first stage in a prisoner swap deal.

A Hamas spokesman said; "The captured soldier handover process is under way.”

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Netanyahu on Gilad Shalit deal: Israel doesn't abandon its soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has written to the families of victims of terror as a group launched an appeal with Jerusalem's High Court of Justice to cancel the planned prisoner swap.

Benjamin Netanyahu, whose older brother was killed during the raid on Entebbe in 1976, said he understood and knew the pain of bereaved families.

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Anguish for terror victims' families over Shalit swap

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

The mother of a teenager who was killed in a terrorist attack 22 years ago has spoken of her sadness that the perpetrator will be released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal.

Kinneret Cohen was 14 when she died, along with 15 others, after Abed al-Hadi Ganaim attacked on a bus going from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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At the Gilad Shalit tent: history in the making

By Jason Roston, October 12, 2011

History was never my favourite subject. When my teachers used to say enthusiastically "history happens around us all the time" I never really understood what they meant.

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Hall of Fame: Bar Refaeli

October 12, 2011

"Gilad Shalit returns home. Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen..

"I have chills and tears. Can not sleep. What a joy."

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British Jews celebrate Gilad Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2011

Anglo-Jewry has welcomed the news that a deal has been made to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.

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Gilad Shalit deal will see 1,000 Palestinian prisoners go free

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2011

More details have emerged about the deal made between Israel and Hamas last week to bring Gilad Shalit home.

On Tuesday night Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the soldier, captured at the Gaza border more than five years ago, would be back with his family within days.

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