Mar 15, 2012

Gilad Shalit Recent News Updates

The latest Gilad Shalit news of interest..

  • there was a report on the news the other day that Gilad Shalit will be released from the army within the next 2 weeks. He will still continue to receive his treatments and therapy and whatnot paid for by the army, as any wounded veteran does.
  • Noam Shalit said he planned on writing a book about the ordeal, but Gilad has nixed it, for now. According to Noam, Gilad will soon be ready to speak, for the first time, to the media and public about what happened. 
  • Noam Shalit is coming under criticism for saying in an interview that if he was a Palestinian, he too would be involved in kidnapping Israelis. I happen to think what he says is correct and true. Ehud Barak said something similar a while back and also came under criticism. I don't think there is anything wrong with saying that - it is recognizing a reality, not saying they are right for doing it. At the same time, Shalit said that after Gilad's kidnapping, Israel should have stopped transfers of tax money and gas to Gaza.
  • According to this, Gilad just went for the first time since his return to the Kotel. The author of that post thinks he went now only as part of Noam's campaign for election to Knesset in the Labor party, considering that he has found the time and strength to travel the world, but had not yet gone to the Kotel.. 

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  1. His family are not religious, so I suppose it might be understandable that only now he came to the Kotel. They were actually guests of the owner of Hapoel Yerushalayim basketball club owner, who arranged for them a tour of Jerusalem. In a way, I can understand a reluctance on the Shalit's part if there was one. After his abduction, there was a lot of support from religious circles, but as time went on, most religious tended to think in terms of not wanting the terrorists to be released, and leave Gilad to rot. Of course, there was the exception of the dollar bill that was originally from the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I think after his release, there should have been an invitation extended to Gilad to come to the Kotel. Anyway, he has tended to try to avoid being noticed, maybe because he is still not completely psychological ready. In short, leave him alone, to do what he wants, as he feels, and his parents.

  2. I don't think there is anything wrong with saying that - it is recognizing a reality

    No. These are not innocent statements of "reality". These are statements of empathy that can only legitimize terrorism and embolden the terrorists.

  3. I dont think its empathy; I think it is recognizing that they have their reality. thy have their beliefs and if any of us were one of them we would probably think and do like them as well.


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