1,195 days in captivity

After a long time, Israel finally got a sign of life from Gilad Shalit in the form of a video.  You can view it here

Shalit was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during a cross-border raid on an IDF base near Gaza on June 25, 2006. 

The two-minute long clip, which was provided in exchange for the release of 20 female Palestinian prisoners, shows Shalit addressing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his parents Noam and Aviva, telling them he is being treated well by Hamas and is in good health, but yearning for the day in which he will see his family again.

The state of Israel has to deal now with many important moral questions:
On the one hand a chance like that shouldn’t be missed as long as we have the chance to bring Gilad back home. On the other hand, should Israel pay this price? Will the consequence of releasing so many terrorists be even more destructive?

I ask myself lots of question about the decision Israel should make. I can't ignore my personal thoughts about the issue:

Gilad and me are the same age, we both grew up in Israel, we both have friends and family that love us. Gilad joined the army the same year I joined the army.
I am here writing about him - he can’t communicate with us.
Is there a price that is too high for bringing our soldiers back safely to their homes?

I hope to write good news soon.

Alisa

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