Gilad Shalit

Faces for Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

This Sunday, August 28, is Gilad Shalit's 25th birthday. For the soldier, captured more than five years ago, it is his sixth birthday in captivity and away from family and friends.

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Campaign to support missing Druze Israeli soldier

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The Zionist Federation has launched a campaign to highlight the plight of a Druze Israeli soldier declared missing more than six years ago.

Majdi Halabi was last seen at a hitchhiking stop near Mount Carmel on May 24 2005. He was 19 at the time; the same age as another IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit, was when he was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists the following year.


Bar Refaeli takes mystery man on Tel Aviv tour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has reportedly moved on from her former partner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The couple split up after more than five years in May, six months after he accompanied her to Israel to visit her family.

But Ms Refaeli, 26, has now been spotted in Tel Aviv with a new mystery man, named in the press as David Fisher. Mr Fisher, 35, is an Israeli businessman.


On this day: Goldwasser and Regev captured

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

As the Second Lebanon War went on, less and less appeared in the newspapers about the two men whose kidnapping led to the conflict.

Eldad Regev was 25 when he was captured during an attack on their patrol at the Israel-Lebanon border in 2006, Ehud Goldwasser, at 30, was older and married.


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.


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

Full coverage and news about Gilad Shalit and Israel's MIAs here



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

Full coverage and news about Gilad Shalit here