Gilad Shalit

No Quartet statement as peace process stalls

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

The Quartet on the Middle East failed to agree on a statement outlining the next step for the already fragile peace process.

Despite hours of discussions in Washington on Monday, by the end of the day they could not offer a unified position.

The mediators, from the UK, US, Russia and the EU, admitted that there was "more work" to be done before negotiations could resume.


Dublin demo waves the flag for Shalit

June 30, 2011

A non-Jewish Israel supporter has organised a demonstration in Dublin to show Irish support for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Human rights activist Barry Williams, 24, was joined by around 15 others to protest outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin last week to mark the fifth anniversary of the soldier's capture by Hamas.


UK minister: better ways than Gaza flotilla

By Anshel Pfeffer and Martin Bright, June 29, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.


Germany: Israel agreed Shalit deal, Hamas rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A deal to secure the freedom of Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been accepted by Israel, but not by Hamas, German officials have confirmed.

The comments by German government spokesman Steffen Seibert supported a claim by Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday about a German-brokered deal to return the soldier home more than five years after he was captured by Hamas.


Five years on, Shalit capture marked

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

Rallies and protests were held around the world to mark the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by Hamas.

The Israeli soldier was 19 when he was seized at the Gaza border by terrorists.

In Israel, hundreds of people travelled to the spot where Sergeant Shalit was taken , for a ceremony where they waved Israeli flags and read a letter from his grandfather.


Israel's missing in action soldiers

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 24, 2011

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Five years: What Gilad Shalit has missed

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011
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A video made to mark the fifth anniversary of the capture of Gilad Shalit by the US group The Jewish Council for Public Affairs

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt calls for immediate release of Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011
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A plea for the release of kidnapped soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit five years after he was taken by Hamas


Calls for Hamas to free Shalit after five years

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Human rights groups and Jewish organisations have reiterated calls for Hamas to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago.


Netanyahu: party over for jailed terrorists until Gilad Shalit freed

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel will make conditions for jailed terrorists less relaxed in the face of Hamas' rejection of an appeal to prove Gilad Shalit is still alive.