RELEASE OF GIL’AD SHALIT
-As human being, Jew and an Israeli it is not easy for me to write this personalopinion, but regardless of everything I feel responsibility toward my countryto do such so.Let’s see first facts, later on moral and ethical issues and on the endcontradictory followed with possible security consequences about everythingconnected to this misfortunate young Israeli soldier who was captured byHamas 5 yrs. ago and hidden from family, friends even from visit byInternational Red Cross!!!
was born on 28 August 1986 inNahariya,Israel, to Noam and Aviva Shalit, along with an older brother and a youngersister, and were raised from the age of two inMitzpe Hilain theWestern
Galilee. He graduated with distinction from Manor Kabri High School. Shalitbegan military service in theIsrael Defense Forcesin July 2005, and "despitea low medical profile, he preferred to serve in a combat unit, following hisolder brother, Yoel, into the armored corps. He holdsdual IsraeliandFrench
from Israel on 25 June 2006 byHamasmilitants in a cross-border raid. Shalit was abducted near theKeremShalomcrossing (in Israel), and has been held as ahostageat an unknown
location in theGaza StripbyHamas. As of October 11, 2011, it was reported
that a deal may soon secure his freedom after more than five years inisolation and captivity, though Shalit has not yet been freed. Hamas hasrefused requests from theInternational Committee of the Red Crossto allowthe ICRC to visit Shalit, and claims that any such visit could betray thelocation where Shalit is being held captive. Multiplehuman rights organizations have stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit'sconfinement are contrary tointernational humanitarian law. To date, the onlycontact between Shalit and the outside world since his capture has beenthree letters, an audio tape, and a DVD that Israel received in return forreleasing 20 female Palestinian prisoners. Shalit holds dualFrenchand Israelicitizenship, a fact that encouraged France and the European Union to beinvolved in efforts to release him from his captors.
In exchange for hisrelease, Hamas is demanding the release of 1,000 prisoners – Palestinians