Video: GILAD SHALIT ALIVE: “I Yearn to See My Family Again”

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gilad-shalit-small[Video below.] As reported here earlier today, after over three years in which IDF St.-Sgt. Gilad Shalit has been held in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, Israel breathed a sigh of relief this afternoon after it was verified by video footage that he was healthy and clear-minded. The video was received in return for the release of 20 Palestinian female prisoners. Israel released 19 of them this morning, 18 to the West Bank and one to Gaza. The 20th prisoner will be released Sunday, after it turned out that a prisoner released Wednesday was finishing her sentence anyway and would therefore be released regardless of the deal.

In the video, Shalit is seen clean shaven with a fresh haircut. The two-minute long clip shows Shalit addressing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his parents Noam and Aviva.

Following is the full transcript of Schalit’s video message:

“Hello, I am Gilad, son of Noam and Aviva Schalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My ID number is 300097029.
In this photograph from…

In this photograph from December 31 2005, captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit (right) is seen with his brother Yoel (left) and father Noam (center). Gilad mentioned the photograph in his video message.
Photo: Channel 1

“As you see I am holding in my hands the Palestine newspaper of September 14, 2009, published in Gaza. I am reading the paper in order to find information regarding myself, hoping to find some information from which I would learn of my release and upcoming return home. I have been hoping and waiting for the day of me release for a long time. I hope the current government under Binyamin Netanyahu will not waste the chance to finalize a deal, and I will therefore be able to finally have my dream come true and be released.

“I wish to send regards to my family and say to them that I love and miss them and yearn for the day in which I would see them again.

“Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day when you visited my base on the Golan Heights on December 31st, 2005, that if I am not mistaken was called Revaya B. We walked around the base and you took photos of me on the Merkava tank and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. We then went to a restaurant in one of the Druse villages and on the way we took photos on the side of the road with the snow-capped Mount Hermon in the background.

“I wish to say to you that I feel good, health-wise, and the Mujahadeen of the Izzadien al-Qassam Brigades are treating me very well. Thank you and goodbye.”

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement following the release of the clip:

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu watched the video of Gilad Shalit in his office and has spoken with Noam Shalit,” a statement read by the prime minister’s media spokesman said.

“The prime minister believes the importance of the tape is in putting the responsibility for Gilad’s health and wellbeing squarely on Hamas’s shoulders. The prime minister says that even though the the release of Schalit is still far from us, the video is an encouraging sign,” the statement continued.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with Noam Schalit and Zvi Shalit, Gilad’s grandfather, at around 2 p.m., just minutes after the family viewed the video, according to a statement issued by Barak’s office.

The defense minister told the Shalits, “I want to hug you. Gilad looks healthy, and this fact only further puts into focus my own responsibility and the responsibility of all of us to bring him home.”

A statement issued by the Elysee Palace in Paris called for the “immediate, unconditional release of Shalit.” Gilad holds dual Israeli-French citizenship and his father Noam has been lobbying with French President Nicholas Sarkozy to help in securing the release of his son.

Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity in the Gaza Strip for 1,195 days.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. HELLO “BRISKER”,WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD U THINK WE WILL STOP DAVANING 4 HIM.THEY MADE HIM READ A LETTER THAT WAS 4 THESE MURDERERS BEST POLITICAL INTEREST.DIDN’T YOU SEE HIM HOLDING BACK HIS TEARS EVERY SECOND HE WAS READING.HIS HEART IS BROKEN SCREAMING “YIDDEN PLEASE DAVEN 4 ME

  2. To paraphrase the typical mindset, as expressed by “#14 is a fraud” talking about secular Israeli soldiers in a thread yesterday:

    he doesn’t make brachas
    he doesn’t daven
    he doesn’t give tzedokah
    he leeches off his Father in Shemayim kaviyochl
    a goy, we don’t need

  3. In reply to Comment 6. Any Jew who is a Jew understands what our relationship with Hashem is and SHOULD understand what our relationship with ANY Jew should be . WHATEVER their afiliation an Israeli soldier ranks as a Kodosh,ANY Israeli soldier,I repeat a Jew who is mosa nefesh for Klal Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel regardless of affiliation ranks higher than anything Flatbush can produce.This is NOT Hashkafa but halachic fact we’ll be happy to quote many Gamarahs etc .

  4. TO #6 -YOU ARE SO “KRUM” AND “CROOKED” you would even make straight ruler look crooked.I dont even know why #7 even tried to respond to you.

  5. Although it is reprehenible to state or discuss Gilad Shalits religious affiliation because it has no bearing on our Chiyuv to beg and Daven to HaShem that he taste freedom immediately he is our man B”Shevi”. We cant do enough to help him. Even after he is released we still must Daven that he recuperates and moves on…Bezras HaShem.
    However, to say “WHATEVER their afiliation an Israeli soldier ranks as a Kodosh” or to repeat such utter falsehood that “a Jew who is mosa nefesh for Klal Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel regardless of affiliation ranks higher than anything Flatbush can produce” is abdominable and reprehensible as well as wrong. Shulamit Aloni, Yossi Sari SR”Y all served, do you sat=y that they are holier that Rav Miller Zt”L who lived his entire life Bekedusha Vtahara! How can we post such CROOKED lies? Rabboisai, We must all be Moche on Comment #7

  6. TO 10- R U normal they have him holding a recent newspaper 4 a reason, and it wasnt forged, they have a migoo that he wouldnt have been holding a paper (look carefully when newspaper is lowered and you will see a paper.)

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