For five years, the Shalit family was forced to celebrate Passover without Gilad, but this year the former Hamas captive will finally be marking the holiday at home.
The previous Passover was marked by the Shalit family in a tent and on the sidewalk near the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem. "We have no holidays," Gilad's father, Noam, would say when referring to the issue.
However, this year, Gilad will celebrate Passover with the entire family at his home in Mitzpe Hila.
"We are planning a quiet holiday with the family," Noam Shalit said. Gilad's grandparents will also be present at the Seder table.
Moreover, ahead of the holiday, Gilad Shalit will arrive for the first time since his release at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem for a meeting with PM Netanyahu. During the session, Gilad will thank Netanyahu for the efforts made to secure the former captive's release.
Shalit also received an invitation to meet with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, but no date for a meeting had been set yet.
Goel Beno contributed to the story