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Release of Gil'ad Shalit

Release of Gil'ad Shalit

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This is my personal opinion about final release of our 5 yrs. captured soldier Gil'ad Shalit by Palestinian terrorist organization HAMAS from Gaza Strip.
This is my personal opinion about final release of our 5 yrs. captured soldier Gil'ad Shalit by Palestinian terrorist organization HAMAS from Gaza Strip.

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-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!!!
Personal life
Gil’ad Shalit
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  citizenship.
Gil’ad Shalit (Hebrew: טילש דעלג,) is anIsraeliandFrench  national and anIDFsoldier who was captured
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
serving prison sentences in Israel – as well as all female and underagePalestinians convicted and serving sentences. A major sticking point innegotiations between the sides for the release of Shalit isHamasinsistenceon the release of Marwan Bargouti, currently serving five life sentences inIsrael for murder. TheUnited Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which releaseda report in September 2009, has also called for Shalit to be released. In itsMay 27, 2011 Deauville Declaration, the G8 demanded the release of GiladShalit.
Shalit's capture is often referred askidnapping, because the soldierhas been granted none of thehuman rightsdue to a captured soldier undertheGeneva Conventions, that entitles them to receive visits from theRed Crossand to communicate with family members, and aransom, even if not of a monetary nature, has been demanded for his return. The Red CrossDirector-General Yves Daccord also stated that “The Schalit family has theright under international humanitarian law to be in contact with their son”.Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he will revokebenefits and privileges – such asuniversityeducation – from Palestinianmilitants in Israeli jails, in response to Hamas’s refusal to let the InternationalRed Cross visit Shalit. He was the first Israeli soldier captured by Palestinianmilitants sinceNachshon Wachsmanin 1994.Shalit, holding arankof  corporalin the IDF'sArmor Corpsat the time of his abduction, has since been promoted to Staff Sergeant.
His capture
/ Early on Sunday morning, 25 June 2006, Shalit was captured
byPalestinian militants who infiltrated an Israeli army post on the Israeli side of the southern Gaza Strip border after crossing through an underground tunnelnear theKerem Shalomborder crossing. During the attack, two Palestinianmilitants and twoIDFsoldiers were killed and three others wounded, asidefrom Shalit, who reportedly suffered a broken left hand and a light shoulderwound after his tank was hit with arocket-propelled grenade. Shalit's captorsissued a statement on Monday, 26 June 2006, offering information on Shalit if Israel agreed to release all female Palestinian prisoners and all Palestinianprisoners under the age of 18, who were held without charges and triedwithout the right of defense. The statement came from theIzz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, thePopular Resistance Committees(which includes members of Fatah,Islamic Jihad, andHamas), and a previously unknown group calling itself theArmy of Islam. On 14 June 2007Israel Army Radio  published a report that said that the army had received a specific warning on24 June 2006, the day before Shalit was captured, about a planned capture.According to the report, Israeli security forces entered the Gaza Strip on 24 June 2006 and detainedtwo brothersdescribed asHamasmembers. The report said that the brothers were transferred to Israel for interrogation, andthat the information extracted formed the basis for the specific warning thatmilitants would try to enter Israel through tunnels to capture soldiersstationed near Gaza.
Shalit became the first Israeli soldier captured byPalestinians sinceNachshon Wachsmanin 1994.
His abduction and the
following cross-border raid byHezbollah, resulting in the abduction of thebodiesEhud GoldwasserandEldad RegevintoLebanon, occurred prior to the conflicts inGazaandLebanonduring summer 2006. Hamas high-ranking commander Abu Jibril Shimali, whom Israel considers responsible forcoordinating the abduction of Shalit, was killed during the violent clashesbetween Hamas and theal-Qaida-affiliated Jund Ansar Allahorganization in Gaza in August 2009.
Rescue attempts/
Israeli forces enteredKhan Yunison 28 June 2006 tosearch for Shalit. According to David Siegel, a spokesman at the Israeliembassy in Washington, D.C., “Israel did everything it could in exhausting alldiplomatic options and gaveMahmoud Abbasthe opportunity to return theabducted Israeli… This operation can be terminated immediately,conditioned on the release of Gilad Shalit. On the same day, fourIsraeli AirForceaircraft flew overSyrianPresident Bashar Assad's palace inLatakia, as an IDF spokesperson said that Israel views the Syrian leadership as a sponsorof Hamas. The operation did not succeed in finding Shalit. On 29 June, thecommander of theIsraeli Southern Command,Aluf   Yoav Galant, confirmed that Shalit was still in Gaza. Israel's Minister of Justice,Haim Ramon, addedthat Shalit was being held in southern Gaza, specifically. The militarycorrespondent for theIsraelBroadcasting Authoritysaid that Shalit was being held captive inRafah, and that there was indication that he was stillalive. However,IDF spokespersonBrig. Gen.Miri Regevsaid: “we are not convinced he is being held in southern Gaza… only that he is being held inGaza”
On 1 July, theBBCreported that Shalit had been treated by aPalestinian doctor for a broken hand and a light shoulder wound. Israeligovernmental authorities threatened that the “sky will fall” if Shalit isharmed. On the same day, Shalit's captors issued another demand to theIsraelis, demanding that Israel release an additional 1,000 Palestinianprisoners (in addition to all female and young prisoners, as previouslydemanded) and end Israel's incursions into Gaza. Two days later, the captorsissued a 24-hour ultimatum for meeting their demands, threateningunspecified consequences if Israel refused. Hours after the ultimatum wasissued, Israel officially rejected the demands, stating that: "there will be nonegotiations to release prisoners".
Diplomatic efforts/
After Shalit's capture, thePapal Nuncioto Israel,Archbishop Antonio Franco, made an unsuccessful attempt to secure Shalit's release via the Catholic Church's Gaza-basedparish. In September 2006,Egyptian mediators received a letter written by Shalit in which he wrote thathe was alive and well. The handwriting was confirmed to be that of Shalit. InOctober, Egypt was also reported to be negotiating with Hamas on behalf of Israel for Shalit's release. On 28 October 2006, thePopular Resistance

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