Gilad Speaks: “I Missed Seeing People”

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gilad-shalit1A short while ago, Gilad Shalit’s first interview was shown on Sky News and the BBC. Gilad was wearing a checked blue shirt and looked very thin but well.

Gilad told the Egyptian media that he was informed a week ago he would be freed. “I was happy to hear it, but I was suspicious,” he said. “I waited years, but I believed I would find myself free.”

He said the first thing he wants to do when he gets home is to “be with my family and meet my friends and speak with them. I want to tell people about my experience.”

Despite his having been in captivity without communication with the outside world for more than five years, Egyptian media asked him difficult and loaded questions.

Asked if the captivity and release gave him a stronger will, Shalit answered, “A deal could have been arranged sooner.”

Questioned whether he will help campaign for the release of “4,000 more Palestinian prisoners ‘languishing’ in Israeli jails,” Shalit reפlied: “I will be happy if they will be freed and return to their homes.” Gilad added, “I’m very emotional. I haven’t seen people in a long time. I missed my family. I missed seeing people, and talking to them.”

Speaking through a translator, Shalit said he was in good health and that he hoped his release in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons would lead to peace between the two peoples.

“Of course I miss my family very much. I also miss my friends,” he said. “I hope this deal will lead to peace between Palestinians and Israelis and that it will support cooperation between both sides.”

Shalit also said he would be very happy if remaining Palestinians held in Israeli prisons were freed to return to their own families, “as long as they do not return to attacking Israel”.

Shalit said he had feared he would remain in captivity for “many more years” and remained afraid that “things may go wrong.”

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

9 COMMENTS

  1. GOD FREED SHALIT AND CHANGED THE MINDS OF THE LEADERS TO FREE HIM THEN FOUGHT THE MINDS OF ALL THE LEADERS ON THE NEWS WHO TRIED TO STOP SHALIT FREEDOM STEP BY STEP TO GET IT DONE THAT IS HOW GOD OPERATES.

  2. B”H Gilad is back in Eretz Yisroel & alive! Who can honestly say that they believed he would ever see the light of day?! This is an open Ness min Hashomayim! As far as his statements, I wouldn’t be concerned. Remember, he’s been brainwashed for 5 years!

  3. H’kbh name was not mentioned once
    Netanyahu warned the freed terrorist not to try anything or else…What do they have to be afraid of? the’ll be released for another guy R’L ” its Galgal Hachozer’
    Same Movie..Diffrent actors

  4. Israel was afforded a return of one soldier and citizen. In return, the palestinians demanded and acheived a 1027 man return on men and women who were antagonistic to Israel. Over 100 of these were directly involved in the murder of Israeli citizens.

    The fact is, Gilat Shalit the Israeli prisoner did not do anything individually to harm any person in the palestinian communities. Yet those who were released from Israeli prisons committed some of the most heinous crimes.

    To me this strikes a simple note in the collective consciousness that this group of arabs today do not wish for a compassionate resolution to any such situation that they feel a right to challenge and belittle. Their terror has been apparant and in this prisoner swap, their demands exceed any normal persons considerations of pain and suffering exchanged in return for the rightful release of any one citizen.

    I dare to think that this is the norm of the future.

    But believe this, the arabs that Israel must work with for peace in the region are less than compassionate and much less than orthodox in their considerations of peaceful exchanges.

    The fact that over 1000 arabs were released and of course that many are known terrorists and wish to destroy Israel puts Israel in a less secure position in terms of its ability to defend its citizens.

    The world must consider this in the future when listening to the demands of a people that are really arabs living in Jewish land who decry foul at every opportunity and give little respect to the suffering of others. This to me seems like the real message in a prisoner swap involving 1027 terrorists and murderers for the life of one soldier.

  5. ““I hope this deal will lead to peace between Palestinians and Israelis and that it will support cooperation between both sides.””

    The so-called “Palestinian” dogs have already said they will step up the kidnappings and terrorism. How can the Israelis keep ignoring reality? The Arab dogs will not rest until Moshiach comes (today) and ends their reign of terror.

  6. “I hope this deal will lead to peace between Palestinians and Israelis and that it will support cooperation between both sides.””
    Its obvious he”s only saying this in Egypt because he was -as he said himself- afraid that “things might still go wrong”.
    lets see what he has to say once he is in israel!
    baruch hashem he’s home!!

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