Gilad Shalit Salutes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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    Gilad Shalit salutes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after landing in IDF airbase in the center of Israel. Gilad Shalit was released today (18-10-11) form hamas captivity, after 5 and a half years.

    Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit was released today after more than five years in Hamas captivity. While holding Sgt. 1st Class Shalit in captivity, the Hamas terrorist organization denied repeated requests by the Red Cross in Gaza to monitor his condition and limited contact with him to only letters and video tapes. On October 18, 2011, the Shalit family was reunited with Sgt. 1st Class Shalit.

    Sgt. 1st Class Shalit was 19 years old at the time of his abduction. He is the son of Aviva and Noam Shalit and the brother of Yoel and Hadas. Sgt. 1st Class Shalit excels in math, graduating with distinction from the science class of Manor Kabri High School. He is also a major sports fan, with a passion for playing basketball.

    Gilad Shalit (rank at the time: Cpl.) was kidnapped early on Sunday June 25, 2006. A terrorist cell attacked Shalit’s tank that was defending the security fence near the southern Gaza Strip. The terrorists crossed the border using an underground tunnel dug near the Kerem Shalom crossing. During the attack, the tank commander, First Lt. Hanan Barak, and another soldier in the tank, Staff Sgt. Pavel Slotzker were killed. Four of the soldiers in the post were injured and terrorists kidnapped Shalit into the Gaza Strip, using the tunnel they dug.

    In response to the kidnapping, the IDF began Operation Summer Rains in the Gaza Strip on June 28, 2006 and lasted through November 26, 2006. Ground forces entered the Gaza Strip for the first time since the unilateral disengagement was executed.

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    1. aijala 31 months ago | reply

      Shalom uvrcha Gilad Shalit! God Bless You! Wellcome home to Israel and Thank You God !!!

    2. Isbjørn44 31 months ago | reply

      We all rejoice at his homecoming. What a great day!

    3. Isbjørn44 31 months ago | reply

      Several human rights organizations stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit's confinement were contrary to international humanitarian law. The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which released a report in September 2009, also called for Shalit to be released. In its 27 May 2011 Deauville Declaration, the G8 demanded Shalit's release as well.

      Shalit's capture was deemed a kidnapping because he was not granted the human rights due to a captured soldier under the Geneva Conventions. Among other things they are entitled to visits from the Red Cross and they have the right to communicate with family members. Finally, it was defined as a kidnapping because a ransom, though not of a monetary nature, was demanded for his return.

    4. Michal Beer 31 months ago | reply

      תמונה מדהימה וכל כך מרגשת. אי אפשר שלא להזיל דמעה כשראיתי את התמונה הזו

    5. The Lady of Shalot 31 months ago | reply

      Happy he is back! He looks so thin and pale it breaks the heart....

    6. GJ-Wind [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

      This is real Peace!

    7. LLKSJMSDSDJSKDFK 23 months ago | reply

      Todah Rabah, Hashem! - Live Your Life, Make It Count - Gilad Shalit!

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