Gilad Shalit, prisoner of Hamas for 5 years, is finally home, and safe.
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.
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.
Sgt. 1st Class Shalit was exchanged for 447 Fakistinian murderers. Another 550 Fakistinian murderers are to be released within the next 2 months. Why should Israel release them? Let them rot in jail. Remove any privileges from them. No cable, no phones, no visits, no college classes, nothing. The minimum of food. Only 1 hour of exercise a day. Locked in small cells, crowded and with no running water. Only a hole in the ground for their bodily functions.
A curse upon the Arab peoples. A curse upon the Fakistinians. A curse upon the Red Cross, who in 5 years violated the Geneva Conventions of War.
After 5 years Sgt. Shalit is home. May he find peace after the horror he has experienced.