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Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit was born in 1986 in Nahariya, a city in northern Israel. When he was two years old, his parents, Noam and Aviva Shalit, moved to the nearby village of Mitzpe Hila. Neighbors and friends describe Gilad as well-mannered, shy, and very close to his family.

After graduating from his local high school with honors, Gilad was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in July 2005. Although pre-army medical tests showed that he had a less-than-robust physical constitution (and he therefore was eligible for a low-risk assignment), he nonetheless chose to serve in a combat unit, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Yoel.

Taken captive

Gilad Shalit served in an IDF Armored Corps unit that was posted to a base in southern Israel close to the Gaza Border. In the early dawn on June 25, 2006, eight heavily armed Palestinian terrorists used an underground tunnel to cross into Israel from Gaza. In an explosion of gunfire and rockets, the terrorists ambushed several areas on Gilad’s base. One of the rockets hit the rear of a tank carrying four soldiers, one of whom was Gilad Shalit. Two soldiers were killed, and two, including Gilad, were wounded. With the ongoing attack as cover, the terrorists – members of Hamas – snatched Gilad from the tank and carried him back across the border. Most commentators believe that the raid’s goal was to kidnap a soldier.

Gilad was held captive by Hamas for five years. In a gross violation of international law and all standards of human decency, his captors refused to allow the Red Cross to visit him, did not let him contact his family, and did not provide reliable information on his physical condition throughout the 1,941 days of his captivity. Hamas made it clear that he was a bargaining chip: For his release, they demanded that Israel free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, including convicted terrorists and murderers.

Finally freed

In October 2011, news broke that a prisoner swap agreement had finally been reached between the Israeli government and Hamas leadership. In return for the release of Gilad Shalit, Israel would free 1,027 “security prisoners,” a term used for those Palestinians arrested for terrorism-related activities. Among them, 280 actively participated in murdering Israelis.

On the morning of October 18, 2011, Shalit was taken from the Gaza Strip into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and then driven to Israel’s Vineyard of Peace border crossing. From there, he was flown by helicopter to Tel Nof Air Base in Israel, where he was reunited with his family – parents Noam and Aviva, brother Yoel, and sister Hadas. Though Shalit showed signs of malnutrition and lack of sunlight, initial examinations showed he was in reasonably good health.

After the family made their way to their home in Mitzpe Hila, Gilad’s father Noam told the press, “The first thing that we did when Gilad came home was have a family meal after a very long day.” The family also released a statement to the public, asking, “We now need to exhibit patience, and allow Gilad – after 1,941 days – to return to daily life at his own rate.”

What do you think?

  • Jewels
    May 19, 2013
    6:41 pm
     

    IF ANYONE STILL LOOKS AT THIS SITE.. CAN YOU PLEEEZE UPDATE NEWS ON GILAD FOR US ????
    SOMETHING RECENT LIKE JAN.-MARCH 2013 .
    THANKS
    WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW HE IS AND IF HE EVER GOT MARRIED YET

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  • willjort
    April 14, 2013
    2:18 pm
     

    my the blessing flow forth from heavens gate upon ISREAL and those held captive by those who live in darkness

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  • Putra
    May 18, 2012
    10:40 am
     

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  • Rebecca
    March 8, 2012
    7:32 pm
     

    We flew our Israeli flag, in America, the day Gilad was taken. We endured cross burnings and a rock with “JEW” on it thrown through our window. Nothing compared to what Gilad went through.

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  • Will Milano
    February 23, 2012
    3:19 pm
     

    Our band demoed off a new song for Gilad Shalit, titled, “GILAD”. It can be viewed at http://www.myspace.com/thesinpage

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  • Richard
    February 21, 2012
    11:33 pm
     

    Welcome home Gilad! “Many are saying of my soul,’There is no deliverance for him in God’ But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, My glory and the One who lifts my head.” Psalm 3:1 Shalom Mishpachah!

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  • Betty
    February 16, 2012
    3:15 pm
     

    God tells us that l Gilad is worth more than 2000 palestinians. Praise the Lord.

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  • Daphna-Judith
    December 9, 2011
    7:53 pm
     

    Gilad Yakar: Unquestionable thankd to G-d for your safe return to Israel. You are a living example of CHAZAK VE AMATZ. All Israel is so proud of your courage and so are all Jews in the world. I am an Israel American.You are special and deserve a safe, healthy and secure future. Take time to heal, nourish heart and soul and really come back to yourself. YOU MADE IT. G_D WAS WITH YOU. May you be blessed in the days ahead.

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  • Mathew
    November 13, 2011
    10:13 pm
     

    Glorify Our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHIRST for Gilad’s and for his safe return to home.
    May the Lord Bless the people of Israel and protect them under the shade of His wings.

    from India

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  • Magda
    October 28, 2011
    8:38 am
     

    ADONAY BLESS YOU GILAD,SHALOM FROM ROMANIAN,EUROPE.

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  • Ruth
    October 11, 2011
    1:49 am
     

    Well, Gilad, simply put is God’s chosen. As Psalm 105:15 says, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”. People don’t understand, God is serious when he talks about not touching his chosen. If anyone wants to join me, I’m doing a 21 day fast along with some powerful scripture reading and prayer. Please consult your physician before fasting. It just breaks my heart to look at Gilad’s picture. Gilad you’ll be set free soon. I claim it in Jesus’s name. AMEN and AMEN.

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  • Heather
    September 22, 2011
    3:16 pm
     

    I am a mother of a young man. My heart breaks for Gilad’s mother and her tears. I will remember Gilad in my prayers. May G_d keep and protect him.

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  • Janet
    September 3, 2011
    4:58 am
     

    We can rest assurd that God will take care of Gilad. I agree with Dee God will work as Only HE can

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  • Dee
    September 1, 2011
    7:05 pm
     

    Remember Joseph and his captivity. God put him in place for wonderous works. Pray.

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  • Nicholaus
    August 5, 2011
    6:36 am
     

    GILAD SHALAT, Our GOD says’ I lone am the Lord your GOD. No other god may share my glory; I will not let idols share my praise’ GOD IS UNDER CONTROL

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  • Intuitive messages C.
    August 4, 2011
    3:38 pm
     

    Pray without ceasing

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  • rita
    July 16, 2011
    11:47 am
     

    take courage Gilad, our thoughts and prayers are
    with you, the Lord hears our prayers He will give you strength and fill you with peace, for He is with you always. You and your family are in our prayers. God Bless

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    • Carol
      July 23, 2011
      10:10 pm
       

      God is with Gilad. Stand with Israel! Those that bless Israel will be blessed!

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  • Deditha
    July 16, 2011
    3:03 am
     

    It is tragic when there are some people who are on the devil side, who love to disobey God”s commandment not to kill, not to rob, not to commit adultery, not to covet , not to dishonor parents, not

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  • JEFF
    July 5, 2011
    1:10 pm
     

    AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES, (US NAVY F/1982-1985) I SPENT SOME TIME AWAY FROM FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. IT CAN BE VERY LONLEY WITHOUT THEM, SO I CAN IMAGINE HOW HE FEELS. BUT ONLY A FRACTION OF IT AS I WAS NOT A CAPTIVE TO ANYTHING BUT MY OWN CONVICTIONS. FORTUNATLY, MY EYES ARE OPEN AND I HAVE BEEN FREED OF THEM BY OUR LORD JESUS! BLESS HIM MOST HIGH AND GLORY TO HIM AND THE FATHER.I BEG OF YOU O LORD TO PLEASE,PLEASE PLEASE, PLEASE END HIS CAPTIVITY AND BRING HIM HOME SAFE AND SOUND TO HIS FAMILY. I WOULD VOLUNTEER TO GO AND FIGHT FOR HIM AND HIS RELEASE FROM THE COWARDS WHO HAVE NO RIGHT DO THIS DETESTABLE ACT, BUT THE LORD HAS PLANS FOR ME HERE AT HOME, AND I MUST DO MY PART. I PRAY FOR HIS CONTINUED COURAGE THROUGH YOU LORD. PLEASE STAY WITH HIM ALWAYS, AND STRENGTHEN HIM AND HIS FAMILY AS YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. MAY HIS FAMILY RECEIVE THE LORDS BLESSING AND HE BE RETURNED TO THEM. MY THE GODLESS CURS WHO ABDUCTED HIM EITHER OPEN THEIR EYES TO THE LORDS WILL AND RELEASE HIM, OR HAVE JUSTICE DONE TO THEM THROUGH THE LORD. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE GILAD! BE BRAVE MY BROTHER, FOR THE LORD WILL BE HERE SOON! WE WILL ALL MEET IN IN NEW JERUSALEM AND CELLEBRATE. PEACE TO YOU AND ALL MY BREATHERN IN FAITH! SHALOM, AND SALUD!

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  • VIVIAN
    June 30, 2011
    11:59 pm
     

    SHALOM, MY WHITE DOVE, MY PALE BUZZARD, MY GILAD, TO YOU I SAY, RETURN HOME SOUND AND SAFE, IN THE NAME OF JESHUA MASHIAH. SHALOM.

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  • Cheryl
    June 30, 2011
    5:38 pm
     

    I pray everday that Gilad Shalit will be released. I hope people in Canada will do the same.

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  • Jackie
    June 30, 2011
    5:00 pm
     

    I agree w/ the 1st comment – Pray & fast, a corporate fast (many peoples) would be even better. Don’t wait for the UN or the US President to do anything – they won’t.

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  • Maria
    June 30, 2011
    3:13 pm
     

    There are many friend of Israel gathered together, here, to pray for your son, Gilad Shalit. So we claim Jesus’ promise so that His name may be glorified in Israel. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus promises to hear us – “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
    My prayer is that Gilad and his family, also take comfort in this promise in Psalms.
    Psalms 91:1, 9, 11, 16 – He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty
    Because you have made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation;
    For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways;
    With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

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  • seema
    June 30, 2011
    1:26 pm
     

    AS PETER WAS VISITED BY ANGEL OF DELIVERANCE SO BE GILAD RELEASED MIRACULOUSLY, MOTHER OF GILAD IF U R MEDICALLY FIT I REQUEST U TO GO INTO 3 DAYS DRY FAST N AS U FAST KEEP CLAIMING WORD OF GOD

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  • El Senior Tomas
    June 30, 2011
    1:06 pm
     

    Israelis should have captured Hamas leaders 4 years ago, and should have held them until they release Shalit. Mossad could have done it,
    Use same method they use. Teach them a lesson.

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    • simin
      June 30, 2011
      5:17 pm
       

      Eye for an eye. We should capture one of their leaders and demand release of Gilad

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  • Gershon
    June 30, 2011
    12:58 pm
     

    גלד
    ברכך יהוה וישמרך
    יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
    ישר יהוה פניו אליך וישמ לך שלומ
    גרשן

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  • Gershon
    June 30, 2011
    12:14 pm
     

    Gilad,
    The Lord Bless you and keep you.
    The Lord cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you
    The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
    I pray for you to be released. Gershon.

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    • Mary D
      July 1, 2011
      12:10 am
       

      I join with you in the Aaronic Blessing for Gilad & for some time have been praying Tehillim 121 for him also. I have recently also added The ‘Tau’ from Tehillim 119 & also Teh 120 too.

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  • Hala
    June 30, 2011
    12:13 pm
     

    “The Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he6 has scattered you ”

    (Deuteronomy 30: 3)

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  • michael
    June 29, 2011
    11:17 am
     

    I believe many Christian’s would be willing to go to Jerusalem as Mercenary’s to fight against the Enemies of Israel if their needed/invited. I would rather go down with God’s Chosen People if it come’s to that than to be in this world without them.May God Bless and keep His people from all harm.

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    • justin
      June 30, 2011
      5:08 am
       

      michael, im with you mate. on many occasions i have wished i could go to israel and stand firm with them, im and aussie christian, and as the bible says the jews are the apple of his eye and revenge shall be his. i feel for all the jews they are in a spiritual war with satan, and the dau is coming when Jesus Christ will defeat him.

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    • Melissa
      November 8, 2012
      11:59 pm
       

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  • RALPH
    June 23, 2011
    11:55 pm
     

    HEAVENLY FATHER HOLY SPIRIT JESUS CHRIST,I PRAY TO YOU THAT YOU WILL PROTECT THIS YOUNG MAN AND FIND A WAY FOR HIS RELEASE AND GIVE HIS FAMILY PEACE OF MIND KNOWING THAT THEIR SON IS IN YOUR HANDS

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    • raymond
      June 26, 2011
      8:37 am
       

      Ralph i never meet you but god bless you and keep you i pray that jesus will help you and secure a release for very soon, dios te bendige means god bless you in spanish.

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  • George
    June 21, 2011
    9:35 am
     

    Pray and fast, my brothers and sisters…

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    • ZSweet
      March 30, 2012
      8:35 am
       

      Like most Israelis, you don’t register what Israel does to Gaza. Immediately after Shalit was resealed, the IDF began killing 10, 20 Gazans a day, bombing the daylights out of them. We imposed a siege

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    • Las
      March 30, 2012
      12:31 pm
       

      What is particularly tilelng is the fact that they have been willing to let their people who Israel has agreed to release to continue sitting in prison. I still maintain that there is pressure Israel

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  • Colleen
    June 4, 2011
    9:06 am
     

    May the Lords child Gilad be strenthened now and all the days to come until his release. May the LORD GOD of Israel redeem him work through him. May the bonds of imprisonment be broken and God be glorified. May Gods angels show themselves to Gilad night and day just as they did with Daniel in the lions den. God will show himself to be merciful and mighty. I pray Gilad and his family receives a word from the LORD that will confirm and strengthen!

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  • Cyprian
    May 27, 2011
    6:00 am
     

    Oh God divinely intervene in this matter, free your son, and increase the faith of your your people through this.

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  • Sessi
    May 12, 2011
    12:32 pm
     

    I will keep praying for him.At the same time,I appeal to President Obama *(I know he has a kind heart),the U.N.Secretaty-General,Ban ki Moon, and others who might be of assistance to do their best in this regard in ensuring his swift release.

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  • Adeline
    May 9, 2011
    2:49 pm
     

    President OBama you want my vote in 2012 then you MUST help this young man and family. You MUST stand with Israel. Get him home. You believe in justice, well we love and believe in justice and Israel and Gilad.

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  • Gretchen
    May 7, 2011
    7:09 pm
     

    I am a mother who has a son that studies in Israel. I do not know how you can bear it. I will pray everyday for his safe return. Where is the government? Israel needs to just go get him back!!!!

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  • Brenda
    April 16, 2011
    5:59 am
     

    Nethanyahu MUST get serious about getting Gilad back NOW.Not just words but action.
    Where is the Red Cross???

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  • Paul
    April 14, 2011
    1:18 am
     

    Check out meetgilad.com – its a great new campaign!

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  • ESTRELLA
    March 27, 2011
    11:22 pm
     

    HAMAS DOSN”T WANT PEACE.ISRAEL NEED TO CHANGE THEIR STRATEGY.GILAD DONT LOSE YOUR HOPE!!!!!! BE STRONG.ESTRELLA FROM HOUSTON-TEXAS.

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  • june
    March 6, 2011
    7:59 pm
     

    Ban Ki-Moon DO SOMETHING… That is your job and do it nOW !!!!!!!

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  • martin
    March 6, 2011
    7:52 pm
     

    Enough is enough.. Pres. Abbas has to help. Where is the UN..?? ?Members of Hamas start doing the right Qu’ran way !! show us you have humanity..

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  • tracy
    February 26, 2011
    12:31 am
     

    this brings tears to my eyes but i feel God’s presence in my tears. May the LOvE of our Heavenly Father surround this child and keep him. God Bless Gilad.

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