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Gilad Shalit

Middle East: The Perpetual War and The Peace Mirage

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

Anyone who thinks that there is a possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is either delusional or just hasn't been paying close attention to that part of world for the last 65 years.

Joshua Hersh

Dem Breaks Solid U.S. Backing For Israel With Call For Restraint

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat often a rare voice of anti-war dissent even in his own caucus, is calling for Israelis and Pale...

Gilad Shalit And A Distorted Zionism

Aryeh Younger | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

I consider myself an ardent Zionist. I appreciate Israel for its democratic values and, more poignantly, for embodying my family's heritage. However, the Zionism with which I wish to identify can't be based on fear or tragedy.

'I Tried To Enjoy What There Was'

Posted 10.23.2012 | World

By: Noa Rom, Saloona One year ago, Israeli solider Gilad Shalit returned home after more than 5 years in captivity of Hamas. Last week he gave ...

Israeli Soldier Held By Hamas For 5 Years Speaks Out

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 10.12.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- A former Israeli soldier held for more than five years by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has disclosed details about his life in capti...

Israel's Netanyahu, The Man Who Can't Lose -- Or Can He?

Bradley Burston | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

The clue to Benjamin Netanyahu is the smile. The more that the broken line of the lips relaxes, the more the eyes turn torn, guarded, distantly hostile, a combination lock on a fortune of pain and dread.

Israel Prepares Second Phase Of Landmark Prisoner Swap

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2012 | World

* First phase of prisoner exchange completed in October * Prisoners to be released on Sunday JERUSALEM, Dec 15 (Reuters)...

The Scales of Human Value

Warren Adler | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Warren Adler

I have been trying to make sense out of what appears to be a strange bargain between the Israelis and Hamas to exchange a single kidnapped Israel sold...

Gilad Shalit, Iran Hiker Josh Fattal And Freedom Of Religion

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I was thinking about the reaction to Josh Fattal's safe return home to the U.S. as I read a report about an Israeli Knesset member's outrage that Gilad Shalit traveled to a beach on his first Shabbat of freedom.

The New U.S. Zionist: Israel-bashing, Made Kosher

Bradley Burston | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Israel-bashing is not what it used to be. In fact, Israel-bashing is not what it was a week ago. The difference is Gilad Shalit.

Shalit Is Free. Lift the Siege of Gaza Now.

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Hamas officials have said that Israel pledged to lift the Gaza blockade as part of the prisoner exchange that freed Shalit. Egyptian officials have also indicated that lifting the blockade was part of the deal. But Israeli officials have said that Israel did not agree.

Dancing With Injustice on My Mind

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.26.2011 | Crime
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I plan to dance up a storm at my daughter's wedding but will do so remembering the lives of those who have been tossed by a tempest of injustice and who languish forgotten by a community too ashamed of their errors to clamor for simple justice.

Israel and Hamas: In the Wake of the Prisoners Exchange

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Since the Gaza war, Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a chess game, with each side making marginal gains. Now is the time to make concerted efforts to force a game-changer, without which the region could be headed toward a dangerous and violent explosion.

The Morality Of Redeeming Captives: Gilad Shalit And The Talmud

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

he law, as articulated in rabbinic Judaism's founding document, is unambivalent: one does not negotiate with kidnappers. But the sage discussion doesn't stop with a simple rule.

Freed Palestinian Prisoners Begin New Lives In Gaza

AP | By TARA TODRAS-WHITEHILL | Posted 12.23.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian prisoners sent to the Gaza Strip in a swap for a captive Israeli soldier last week are contemplating the rest of ...

The New York Times and Israel

David Harris | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
David Harris

I've been reading the Times pretty much every single day since I was ten-years-old. That's more than a half-century by now. Along the way, I've been informed, inspired, and occasionally infuriated. This week, there was cause for infuriation.

Highlighting the Palestinian Human Narrative

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israeli was very successful in painting a human portrait of Gilad Shalit. Now after the prisoner release, many Palestinian stories are being heard for the first time.

Negotiating With Terrorists

Joshua Gleis | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Joshua Gleis

As long as kidnappings of Israelis continue, Israel will continue to negotiate with terrorists despite every intention and declaration to the contrary.

Shalit Deal Questions Complex Regional Ties

AP | KARIN LAUB and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 12.19.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The release of an Israeli soldier by Hamas as part of a prisoner exchange with Israel is reshaping complex regional ties...

Israelis And Palestinians Celebrate Release Of Prisoners (Photos)

Posted 12.19.2011 | World

Celebrations rippled through Israel and the Palestinian territories on Tuesday as hundreds of prisoners were reunited with their friends and families ...

Herman Cain Admits Misspeaking

Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain claimed Tuesday evening that he'd misspoken earlier in the day when he said that he could envision a situation ...

Egyptian Interview With Gilad Shalit Was Ill-Timed but the Scoop Every Journalist Dreams Of

Ruth Eglash | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Ruth Eglash

Shahira Amin acted as any other journalist -- Israeli, Arab or other -- would have done if they'd been presented with the chance of interviewing the world's most talked about man.

Israeli Terror Victims Feel Betrayed by Shalit Prisoner Release Deal

Anav Silverman | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

"I am not asking for revenge now, I am asking for justice. When the government releases these murderers, who are supposed to serve life sentences for their horrific deeds, there is no justice."

Israel Must Have a Death Penalty for Terrorists

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.18.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Why would Israel lock up the most rancid, heartless, and cold-blooded mass murderers in its jails just so that they can serve as a lure for Israelis to be kidnapped in order that these killers be paroled?

Gilad Shalit Returns to Israel, Moral Dilemma Debate Continues

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

As we celebrate the release of Gilad Shalit and the fulfillment of the commandment of the redemption of captives in the middle of the Sukkot festival, we must also pray that Israel is able to protect itself.