Gilad Shalit returns to Israel
Published: 18.10.11, 11:18
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1. Welcome home!
Brian   (10.18.11)
2. If Hamas cheats us...
Prophecy   (10.18.11)
D'varim 32:35, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay; Their foot shall slip in due time. For the day of THEIR CALAMITY IS AT HAND, and the things to come hasten upon THEM."
3. Hamas will payan heavy
Ralph ,   Casarea   (10.18.11)
price for his barbaric attitude.
4. I understand that with the Shalit release
Philippe Delaporte ,   Marseilles France   (10.18.11)
there will be also the lifting of the Gaza blockade. It took Hamas just the abduction of one israeli soldier to obtain the release of 1.027 terrorists with blood on their hands and get at a later stage the lifting of the Gaza blockade : Bravo Hamas!! Just one question : where all those innocent israelis murdered lives needed to get to such a deal when it could be achieved right from the beginning with no loss of life? The stupidity of the israeli government with its short sightedness will even get the people of Israel in a much more complicated situation. Now with the international recognition of the state of Palestine (almost) , with Hamas as a political opponent who claim the destruction of Israel , the legitimation of this terrorist group , the non military israeli intervention to erradicate this group will only make matters worser. Israel be brave more problems are coming.
5. Palestinians Murderous Heroes
Annie ,   Israel   (10.18.11)
The Palestinians being freed today murdered hundreds of innocent civilians in brutal grisly terror attacks. One strangled a lost Israeli during a mob lynching, another lured an Israeli boy over the internet to meet for a date when he was murdered, a third was responsible for the Sbarro bombing killing 16, many children. These are the people being exchanged for innocent Shalit who was abducted, and the fact that the Palestinians consider murderes with blood on their hands heros is psychotic to me.
6. # 5 response
Sagi   (10.18.11)
"innocent Shalit". Just to put things in their proper perspective. Shalit is of course innocent as you say, he was only doing his duty as demanded by our country, its laws, customs and necessity because of the situation that we are in for just over 100 years. In the eyes of our enemies he was and is anything but innocent. The fact that he was wearing an IDF uniform makes him "guilty", compound this with the fact that he was on active duty in "stolen land" and he really becomes "guilty". We ourselves are to blame for all our troubles, not the enemy, they are only doing their "thing" in the way they see fit according to their concept of life and how it should be conducted. "East is East and West is West, and ne'er the twain shall meet".
7. Thank G-d
Richard ,   The Hague Holland   (10.18.11)
Shalit is out of their hands
8. Welcome home!
Yakov ,   Tel Aviv   (10.18.11)
An entire nation holds its' breath, waiting for your return. A deep hole, is in our hearts, dug by the years lost at the hands of those monsters. You are not, nor ever have been alone. A part of all of us, has been with you everyday. To those opposed to the release of prisoners, we feel your pain. We sympathize with you. I wish, in the strongest words possible, that you may share in the joy of this day. Some people have complained that the cost is too high; 1000 prisoners, for release of just one. A million of those monsters, will never equal a single cell, of one of our blessed children. Welcome home, son of Israel!
9. he comes back through the same crossing he left 5 years ago
eporue ,   europe   (10.18.11)
10. Gilad, welcome home to a much larger
meghan ,   israel   (10.18.11)
family then you had before 5 years. When you left home, your family waited for you when you came home on leave, now a whole nation waits for you. Hope it wont be too hard for you once back into "life".
11. say if Hamas abduct another & ask for E Jersualem?
mary of Bethany ,   singapore   (10.18.11)
someone say as long as One of our Israeli son in captive, we will bring him back, at all costs! Question: say every 5 years, they abduct one soldier and you release ALL prisoners in Israelis cells. then they abduct one more and ask for EAST JERUSALEM, will you give up Jerusalem for 1 soldier, or even 10 soldiers? Then they abduct a final one and ask for FULL RETURN OF ALL REFUGEES, will ya compromise Israel Jewish-demographic upset?
12. Today is a day for both celebration and
meghan ,   israel   (10.18.11)
tears. Lets us first allow Gilad and his family this big moment, allow them some time without any guilt feeling that so many have gone free for their sons return. Let us remember we have given killers back for the return of our dead. (even a business man) and as a mother I would feel any price for my child. As one who knows those who have lost loved ones to terror attacks, my heart breaks for them having to watch all this. I just hope that justice will be served to those that take lives of citizens, and that they will never know peace in their miserable existance.
13. Shoot to kill all terrorists, take no prisoners.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (10.18.11)
14. Welcome Home Gilad
Andrew ,   London   (10.18.11)
You have been through so much. May you be blessed with only good things from now on. May the memories of your ordeal be banished from existence. And may you live a wonderful life with your family.
15. Gilad you are our HERO! Baruch Haba!
Mina ,   Haifa   (10.18.11)
We won today, we have you back Gilad! We have no regret for the release of any of those terrorists in exchange for you. We should not waste one more shekel on keeping them in Israel. God will find them and re-strore justice. May you be blessed Gilad!
16. ANY Israeli Jew who thanks hamas should be deported.
Devorah   (10.18.11)
17. media frenzy & citizen jackels
mba ,   Israel   (10.18.11)
Since the announcement of Gilad's release the media has been feeding the voyueristic citizenry a snorgasbord of everything but intelligence and reticence. Suddenly there is no other worthy news to be covered, just the mediocre newsmen interviewing anyone and everyone who was in captivity, relative of a captive, family member of a terror victim, general in or out of the army, psychologist, politician, you name it and they were on the air with absolutely nothing to say. Speculation after speculation, opinion after opinion, What has become of us, who so willingly are fed hot air? People taking pictures of themselves with the the Shalit house in the background - the caring, warm Israeli has transformed into the "ugly Israeli". Leave the Shalit family alone and let them begin the process of rebuilding their lives!
18. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Abraham ,   Australia   (10.18.11)
THE GOOD: Israeli soldier safe and sound, back home. THE BAD: 1027 Israel-hating lunatics are free. THE UGLY: The plans and ideas running through the minds of those 1027 Israel-hating lunatics! Go with G-d, Israel. Peace and protection upon you always.
19. To Sarah from NYC
Jason   (10.18.11)
I told you he was alive. I never lost hope.
20. WELLCOME HOME!! (end)
Au. ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (10.18.11)
americansoldier711 ,   USA   (10.18.11)
Sgt. Gilad Shalit, barukh shuvkha habayta(Bienvenido a casa)
22. Great news!
K.O'Neil ,   London UK   (10.18.11)
Glad to see he is home safely.
23. @6
Daniel   (10.18.11)
"they are only doing their "thing" in the way they see fit according to their concept of life and how it should be conducted." Why can't you accept the same notion for our side? That we are doing our thing in the way that we see fit according to our concept of life and how it should be conducted? I think because you are not capable of the tolerance and open mindedness you yourself are preaching. You only believe in one truth, not cultural relativism which would state all truths are true, but only one truth: The truth of our enemies. That's not liberal, that's not progressive, that's insane.
24. Today we share your joy, tomorrow
KO ,   London   (10.18.11)
may Hashem protect all Israel from the wicked. Amen.
25. My thoughts are divided.
The 11th Man. ,   London   (10.18.11)
Joy for Gilad and the entire Shalit family. Sober reflection for those who have had to witness the release of those who murdered their loved ones. May Hashem be with you all.
26. Well said, Annie
Pam ,   UK   (10.18.11)
I have quoted you in Yahoo (hope you don't mind) as you wrote well and there is so much nonsense said by those who are so biased. Please make your comments known in the other media forums too so that those in UK, US etc can be enlightened! E.g. Guardian, Independent, etc
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