Gilad Shalit

Shalit release: Cameron on 'courage' of Israeli soldier

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

The British Prime Minister has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu "and everyone involved" for bringing Gilad Shalit home safely.

As the soldier, who was captured by Hamas terrorists in June 2006, spoke to his family for the first time since he was kidnapped, David Cameron expressed hope that the "prisoner exchange will bring peace a step closer".

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Gilad Shalit release 'wonderful' for Jewish world

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Israel and the international community have been sharing their reactions to the release of Gilad Shalit after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit has been taken across the border to Israel and is undergoing a medical check-up. He will soon be reunited with his family, who have dedicated the last five years to securing his freedom.

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Hall of Fame: Yossi Benayoun

October 18, 2011

"One of the happiest moments when I saw Gilad Shalit coming out from the car.

"Amazing..on my way to training with the biggest smile."

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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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